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Government to spend $2.15 million to spruce up Canberra’s playgrounds

Lachlan Roberts 2 July 2019 23

See below if your local playground will receive a refresh. File photo.

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)

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Jane Dowling 9:02 am 07 Jul 19

Refreshes are great but why don’t we look at doing it properly. Have a look at the park at Speers Point NSW. Now this is a playground for all ages.

8:57 pm 05 Jul 19

Do kids even use playgrounds anymore and do they have any value? They are probably nice places for toddlers to play but really, when my kids were school aged they were too boring for them and due to lack of other people, I found them a little creepy.

    9:51 pm 05 Jul 19

    I see a playground not far from me (Narrabundah) regularly used by young children with their parents. The basketball court, used less, but still used.

    10:13 pm 05 Jul 19

    Julie Macklin exactly my point- used by going parents and then not much at all

12:15 pm 05 Jul 19

Surprise, surprise - nothing down Lanyon way. I don’t take my son to the local parks, they are just plain dangerous.

    2:28 pm 05 Jul 19

    Rachel Barrett agreed and sadly we have one straight across from our house that we just can’t use 😢

Zeddiculus9 8:41 am 04 Jul 19

I know everyone wants their playground refreshed.
However, I had to email Access Canberra regarding the “powder coating” having deteriorated so badly that bare metal was exposed and literally burning kids bare skin on 30+ degree days (blisters people).
Slider don’t slide, welds have fatigued on the slippery dip causing scratches if not cuts.
We don’t let our kids go near it anymore.
I wonder if it is a forgotten play park and not on any system.
Good land on top of that hill…. guessing it will be developed soon.

9:13 pm 02 Jul 19

I wonder when they will do the one on Heagney Cres Chisholm that they've been promising for years

6:31 pm 02 Jul 19

How sad I’ve been begging for the one up top in Isabella Plains to have work done for years but all they do is send a team to dismantle a bit of the damaged playground at a time and it’s never replaced. I’m happy for the ones that have been chosen but poor old Isabella

1:45 pm 02 Jul 19

I am confused why the ACT Government would repair the miniscule and out of the way Bussau Close, Wanniassa playground when so many other larger and more useful playgrounds in Wanniassa would be a much more suitable area to improve for kids. Do they select some of the playgrounds to upgrade based on what can be achieved for $500? A big 'Yes' for fixing play facilities in much ignored Wanniassa and Kambah, but this is a very weird choice.

1:19 pm 02 Jul 19

That’s great!

12:53 pm 02 Jul 19

Kerrie Garth Chifley 😀 hopefully the one behind your house.

12:48 pm 02 Jul 19

Our local playground got painted, some tan bark and a log under a distant tree. Needed upgraded equipment, a shade sail and proper parent seating adjacent to the playground 🤔

11:27 am 02 Jul 19

Let’s hope George Simpson oval in Flynn gets some love

10:54 am 02 Jul 19

By upgrade they mean tanbark and a shrub

10:50 am 02 Jul 19


10:30 am 02 Jul 19

Really happy to see Shade sails being installed... Fantastic

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