Playground plan in foreshore upgrade
A $100,000 State Government cash boost has tipped the scales in favour of having a nature-based and inclusive playground completed in time for the summer holidays.
The funding is to support the next phase of the Ridley Place Foreshore Master Plan, which includes the nature-based playground along with a cafe or restaurant.
Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke announced the funding to Harvey Shire Council representatives last week, which will allow work to begin on the planned nature-based playground.
“This is the last of the Local Projects Local Jobs projects which were part of my pre-election commitments,” Mrs Clarke said. “The first of the Local Projects Local Jobs projects was a playground, too, so it is fitting the last of these projects is a playground as well.”
The council endorsed the footprint of stages 3 and 4 of the Ridley Place Foreshore Master Plan at last month’s council meeting.
The proposed upgrades will include a new toilet block, replacement of the current playground, and investigations into a cafe or restaurant to be built along the foreshore.
Mrs Clarke said she liked the idea of the playground having a cafe nearby.
“You go to any of the major foreshores along the South West coastline and there is a cafe of some kind there,” she said.
Harvey shire president Tania Jackson said she was pleased the funding would allow the project to go ahead.
“This playground is not old, but it is in such a corrosive environment. It has truly been at the mercy of the weather,” she said.
“A nature play area would be a great addition to the area.”
Shire manager of technical services Rick Lotznicker said the playground’s rubber soft-fall area had deteriorated to the point that it posed a risk.
The current playground will be demolished and replaced by a grassed area.
“The proposed approved footprint for the new play area takes advantage of the existing mature trees for shade and the sloping topography to make for an interesting design,” Mr Lotznicker said.
He said the tender brief would specify the inclusion of innovative nature-based play elements, the latest conventional play equipment, accessible play components and a major play feature.
“A 2m wide pathway is also proposed to be constructed around the perimeter of the site providing easy access for children with a disability,” he said.
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