We are investing in play spaces across the City.
New play spaces at Reddall Reserve (opp. View Street), Mood Park, Dawes Park and Frasers Reserve are open!
We are also excited to announce four new locations that are due for renewal Reddall Reserve (opp. Windang Street), McDonald Park, Ski Way Park and Central Park.
Planning open spaces
Recently, Council invested in developing a updated Open Space and Recreation Needs Study and Strategy, that has looked at the open spaces across the City. The study has reviewed what open spaces we have and provides actions on how we can improve these spaces to best meet the needs of growing population. You can read more about the actions that specifically relate to play spaces (Open Space and Recreation Strategy, Direction 1: Shape open spaces to encourage public recreation and relaxation).
Managing play spaces
We know from community feedback that play spaces are highly valued, it is a priority to provide a variety of safe and inclusive play opportunities across the City. Over the past few years we have been working with the community to deliver improved play spaces, like Mood Park and Little Park, Shellharbour. In some cases, to improve play spaces has meant that equipment is permanently retired.
Each year play spaces with equipment are independently audited. The audit includes an inspection of equipment which is evaluated against Australian Standards. The audit identifies any maintenance and decommissioning required. In addition to the independent audits, Council staff also inspect and carry out maintenance on play equipment throughout the year.
Retiring play equipment
These audits have identified three smaller play facilities that have reached the end of their life cycle and as such their deteriorated state requires their full removal.
The equipment at these three play spaces will be removed from May 2020.
- Marsh Place, Albion Park (swing set and slippery dip).
- Fuller Park, Shellharbour (swing set).
- Centenary Park (119 Tongarra Road) , Albion Park (swing set).