Nineteen suburban playgrounds across Canberra will receive face-lifts after the ACT Government committed $2.15 million to refresh play spaces across the nation’s capital.
The Government has selected Hughes, Melba, Chifley, Isaacs, McKellar, Griffith, Fadden, Belconnen, Wanniassa, Pearce, Monash and Macquarie to receive upgrades while two playgrounds in Theodore, Fadden, Florey and Watson will also receive refresh works.
Four new shade sails will be installed at playgrounds in Hughes, Isaacs, Monash and Macquarie, as well as a new seesaw in McKellar and a half basketball court and natural log/rock seating in Fadden.
ACT Minister for City Services Chris Steel said the upgrades, which will be completed in the next 12 months, will make Canberra playgrounds more attractive, comfortable and safe for children and their parents.
“We want to create spaces for children of all ages to socialise and develop their motor skills in a broad range of play environments,” Mr Steel said.
“Playspace refreshes will help improve the condition of existing playgrounds and includes repainting of equipment, replacing the soft-fall mulch, and repairing seating, decks and fences.
“One of the upgrade priorities is new shade sails so that playgrounds can be enjoyed during the heat of the summer.”
The ACT Government, which is responsible for the maintenance of over 500 playgrounds, said its Better Suburbs Playspaces Forum identified priority suburbs for play space refreshes which include repainting and minor upgrades.
An ACT Government spokesperson said the 19 playgrounds were selected based on a priorities framework developed from the results of Transport Canberra and City Services’ annual play spaces compliance audit.
“The Forum prioritised play spaces near shops and other facilities, planning for equity across the city, setting targets for accessible and inclusive play and continuing to work in partnership with the community, especially children and young people,” the spokesperson said.
“Families near Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin and the Kambah Adventure Playground will also benefit from new natural play spaces providing creative and imaginative experiences for kids.”
The $2.15 million injection will also deliver play space improvements in Richardson, Waramanga, Torrens, Narrabundah and Higgins after the Government announced a review into the needs of the five suburbs to determine what form and shape the new facilities will take.
A series of play space reviews are still calling for residents to provide feedback on the existing play opportunities in each of the five suburbs and how these spaces could be improved, with the funding to deliver upgrades based on these “whole of suburb” play reviews.
Playgrounds that will receive refreshes are:
McPhail Place, Fadden (refresh)
Vagabond Crescent, McKellar (refresh and new seesaw)
Kesteven Street, Florey (refresh)
Bisdee Street, Hughes (refresh and shade sail)
Stokes Street, Griffith (refresh)
Allman Crescent, Macquarie (refresh and shade sail)
Flower Place, Melba (refresh)
Bertram Street, Fadden (refresh and half basketball court, natural log/rock seating)
Tattersall Crescent, Florey (refresh)
Charteris Crescent, Chifley (refresh)
Totterdell Street, Belconnen (refresh)
Louise Loder Street, Theodore (refresh)
Scantlebury Crescent, Theodore (refresh)
Harding Street, Watson (refresh)
Simpson Street, Watson (refresh)
Bussau Close, Wanniassa (refresh)
Rowntree Crescent, Isaacs (refresh and shade sail)
Whitham Place, Pearce (refresh, new park bench)
Yabtree Place, Isabella Plains (refresh and shade sail)
William Hudson Crescent, Monash (refresh and shade sail)