The new play equipment has been officially opened at Helensburgh’s Charles Harper Park.
Children from Helensburgh Community Pre-School, Helensburgh Public School and Holy Cross Catholic Primary School got to christen the new play space, giving the equipment a good workout at the official opening yesterday (October 22).
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM says the new play space adds a playful and natural environment for children and families, and it reflects local history.
“Council has added a number of play features, with the design influenced by local children,’’ he says. “This is an inclusive play space for all children and includes a wheelchair accessible trampoline, communication boards and a natural play area that features water pumps and a dry creek bed.
“The new district play space is a real attraction for children and families, as it is co-located with the local pool and new barbecue area. It is also a short walk from Helensburgh town centre.”
Council asked the children at Helensburgh what they wanted in a playground and they didn’t hold back. The new play space also includes:
- Play equipment offering graduated challenges and including interactive elements at ground level
- Public art panels celebrating local mining heritage and artwork created by local children
- New footpaths connecting to the recently upgraded accessible barbecue and picnic area
- Shade sails
- Ninja-Warrior-style obstacle course
- Advanced tree planting that will provide natural shade and informal play opportunities
- New seating and bike rack