Popular Hervey Bay park upgrade on the way

PLAYGROUND equipment at a popular Hervey Bay park is set to be upgraded.

The Fraser Coast Council is urging residents to have their say on the choice of playgrounds at Esa Park in Point Vernon. The playground at the popular park is set for an upgrade. IMAGE: Supplied.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council says the playground at the ESA Park on the Esplanade in Point Vernon is in need of some TLC due to its popularity and proximity to the ocean.

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Division 6 Councillor David Lewis said the ESA Park playground was often used for family gatherings and children’s parties as parents and grandparents can relax as their children play.

“ESA Park is named after ESA Foundation which is dedicated to the promotion of continuing education and to altruistic activities that make a positive difference in the world community,” Cr Lewis said.

“Due to the popularity of the playground and its exposure to the ocean, the equipment now requires an upgrade.

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“As part of the upgrade some of the play equipment will be removed and replaced with something new.”

The equipment that is in good condition that will remain includes the shade structures, climbing net and navigator twirler.

The park also includes barbeque facilities, a toilet block and easy access to the beach and tidal rock pools.

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Cr Lewis said Council was seeking input from the community as to how the playground should be upgraded.

Initial plans are to replace the swing set, rockers, play panels and the early childhood small combo play unit and slide. 

Residents can have their say on the available options through a survey on Council’s Engagement Hub.

Click here to get involved.

The survey closes on 10 January, 2022.

In October, Council undertook a $44,000 project to renovate the timber park shelters on either side of the barbecues in ESA Park, and is currently replacing the old shelter in the Gables Park at Point Vernon.

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The project included the replacement of rooves, timber treatment and new electrical fittings and was undertaken by Council’s Building Services carpenters.

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