THE children’s playground in Bingham Park in River Heads is set to be upgraded.
The $72,000 project will include the removal of the existing playground from its current location and installing a new one to the east.
Works are expected to begin before the end of March and will take five weeks to complete, weather permitting.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the project was part of Council’s regular asset replacement program.
He said the new equipment and relocation of the playground would also help to improve the function of the open space around the River Heads Hall.
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“By moving the fenced playground, we will create an open area in front of the hall entrance that can be used for ceremonies and events such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day,” Cr Seymour said.
“The park equipment was showing its age and requiring more frequent maintenance; trees had lifted the playground fencing and the slab for the basketball hoop had been damaged by vehicles accessing the hall or setting up for functions in the grounds.
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“There will also be easier access to the new playground location from the existing shelter.
“The changes are a win-win for the local community. Children will have a new playground while there also be a better open space for local ceremonies and events.”
Cr Seymour said children get so much joy out of public parks.
“Kids have their favourite parks so the introduction of new equipment will create new activities and new memories for parents and children,” he said.
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The project will also include the installation of a new all-abilities accessible drinking fountain adjacent to the existing shelter and playground.
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