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New playground for locals and visitors on the Braidwood stopover

Alex Rea 6 November 2019 39
Braidwood playground

There was a large turnout to the opening of the new Braidwood playground. Photos: Alex Rea.

If the crowd at the opening of the new playground at Ryrie Park is anything to go by, heritage-listed Braidwood just created a new landmark, building on a long-favoured stopover for travellers on the Kings Highway.

After several years of lobbying by the community and a heated discussion about the inclusion of a skate park at the site, the new park equipment is much more comprehensive than originally envisaged by the community.

The equipment, at the northern end of Ryrie Park, by the Memorial Swimming Pool and public conveniences, was officially opened by Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro. Children from Braidwood Central School and St Bede’s Primary School helped the deputy premier cut the ribbon.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro with local students cut the ribbon to open the new playground.

The main feature of the park is a central spinning windmill climbing frame. Other elements include a carousel, an inclusive rocker, a basket swing, a slide and a rope bridge, shade (pergola) over swings, a gumnut-themed cozy dome, spinning elements (wheelchair accessible), spring rockers, rope bridges, portholes in any solid walls, climbing walls, monkey bars, sensory garden, rubber soft fall floors and flying foxes.

The barbeques in the park have also been redesigned with small ‘rotunda’ structures, and concrete pathways wind through the park for young cyclists.

As Braidwood Community Association advocate for the park design, Catherine Bell said at the opening, “not only did we fight to have one flying fox included in the design but we ended up with two!”

President Sue Murray and Catherine Bell from the Braidwood Community Association

President Sue Murray and Catherine Bell from the Braidwood Community Association lobbied hard for the new playground.

Mr Barilaro said, “it was great to join the community and celebrate the opening of this amazing new playground, which got a big thumbs up from my daughter Sofia!”

“Thanks to this major makeover, Ryrie Park will continue to be a favourite place for the community to gather and for families travelling between Canberra and the coast to take a break”.

The carousel

The carousel was popular with the children at the opening.

The funding for the park came from $289,000 allocated from the Stronger Communities Fund (allocated when Palerang and Queanbeyan City Councils were amalgamated in 2016), and a further $200,000 grant from the NSW Government as part of the Everyone Can Play Grant.

The Braidwood Community Association (BCA) raised a further $12,000, supplemented by an additional $161,000 from the Stronger Communities Fund which became available after an unsuccessful tender for kerbing work on Braidwood’s main street. This was allocated to the Ryrie Park BBQs, rotunda, street furniture and repairs to water stations.

John Barilaro with his daughter Sofia

John Barilaro with his daughter Sofia enjoying the new playground.

A master plan for the Braidwood CBD was created by Phillips/Marler Architects following community consultation that encompasses the main CBD of Braidwood, including Ryrie Park North and South in Wallace Street. The tender for the park component was awarded to Creative Recreation Solutions.

Original Article published by Alex Rea on About Regional.


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39 Responses to New playground for locals and visitors on the Braidwood stopover
Penny Hartley Penny Hartley 9:59 pm 13 Nov 19

We stopped there last week it look good

Sandra Colbran Sandra Colbran 7:41 pm 13 Nov 19

Looks good.

Flynn Dovey Flynn Dovey 9:21 am 10 Nov 19

Fran- maybe we can stop here on the way to our camping trip!

Brooke Bordiuk Brooke Bordiuk 5:48 pm 09 Nov 19

Jacob Palmer it’s open

Sally Deacon Sally Deacon 6:52 am 09 Nov 19

Rebecca Ann Miller. Kylie Shannon this looks awesome

Alyssa Metherell Alyssa Metherell 6:48 am 08 Nov 19

Skye Metherell we could stop on the way??

Liam Bourke Liam Bourke 10:03 pm 07 Nov 19

Anna Aggio-Bruce... next time we're traveling and Lillian asks

    Anna Aggio-Bruce Anna Aggio-Bruce 10:41 pm 07 Nov 19

    Liam Bourke that looks so rad

    Liam Bourke Liam Bourke 10:43 pm 07 Nov 19

    And braidwood isn't far. Once she knows we can probably do a little trip every few visits (whilst it's warm)

Edwina Donlan Edwina Donlan 9:43 pm 07 Nov 19

We need a beach trip and stop at park Matthew Donlan

    Matthew Donlan Matthew Donlan 5:23 am 08 Nov 19

    Edwina Donlan yes seen it it looks amazing

    Cathy Donlan Cathy Donlan 7:32 am 08 Nov 19

    Edwina Donlan where is Braidwood.??

    Matthew Donlan Matthew Donlan 12:12 pm 08 Nov 19

    Cathy Donlan on the way to the coast from Canberra

Darron Marks Darron Marks 9:34 pm 07 Nov 19

One thing NSW country towns do really well adventure playgrounds Bathurst and Orange have amazing playgrounds. They are meticulously designed and really are so much fun for kids.

I have been trying unsuccessfully to get our local ACT politicians to investing in building one.

Jess Borkowskis Jess Borkowskis 8:37 pm 07 Nov 19

Marina Borkowskis this is the park I was telling you about!

Megan Agland Megan Agland 7:27 pm 07 Nov 19

Bobbi it’s open!

Joseph Vile Joseph Vile 7:21 pm 07 Nov 19

who needs the Budawangs? let’s set up here Roy Bartram Sean Harte Amy Coleman Bec Thornberry

Jim Hosie Jim Hosie 6:50 pm 07 Nov 19

Smart investment if it makes more families stop there for food and a playground visit.

Susie Deards Susie Deards 4:44 pm 07 Nov 19

Matt - we are stopping!!

Jessica Louise Findlay Jessica Louise Findlay 3:44 pm 07 Nov 19

Renee McKee Sarah Paciorek well this is exciting for you guys!

Deanna Cosmas Deanna Cosmas 3:20 pm 07 Nov 19

Conor Laenen looks like the park is back 🙂

Caandi Jay Caandi Jay 3:20 pm 07 Nov 19

Tiffany-Diane Rhind perfect timing for your trip on the weekend

Jake O'connell Jake O'connell 3:16 pm 07 Nov 19

Ashley Stirling this place is lit

Laura Spackman Laura Spackman 2:57 pm 07 Nov 19

Brendan not sure it was $600k worth

    Darron Marks Darron Marks 9:31 pm 07 Nov 19

    Playground equipment is ridiculously expensive because it needs to be really safe

Jeremiah Beatty Jeremiah Beatty 2:27 pm 07 Nov 19

Sarah Beatty day trip ?

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