27 November 2020

New playgrounds open in Canberra ahead of summer holidays

| Dominic Giannini
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Five new playgrounds will open in the ACT ahead of the summer holidays. Photo: File.

Five new and improved playgrounds in Torrens, Higgins, Waramanga, Richardson and Narrabundah will give Canberrans more areas to play and relax just in time for the summer and Christmas holidays.

The Torrens playspace opened this week and includes a climbing web, a basketball half-court and shaded seating close to the local cafe for parents and carers who want to take the kids out for a day in the sun.

Other additions include tree balancing beams, log steppers and large play equipment with a climbing structure and slide at Waramanga and a dirt bike track, accessible spinner and picnic shelter at Higgins.

The upgraded Narrabundah facility provides more options for creative play. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

There are also climbing slopes and birds nest swing at Narrabundah, as well as a skateboard ledge and ramp and nest swing and spinner at Richardson.

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“These new playspaces will support children’s physical and social wellbeing by giving them more opportunities to do what they do best – playing,” City Services Minister Chris Steel said.

Local children were able to put their input into the final designs while local artists Dai Cameron and Edward were brought in to paint unique artwork on the concrete walls.

“These playspaces will also help to revitalise local shopping centres in four locations by providing public spaces that families can enjoy for years to come,” Mr Steel said.

Chris Steel with families at a playground

City Services Minister Chris Steel testing out some of the new playground facilities. Photo: Supplied.

The new playgrounds form part of the ACT Government’s fast-track infrastructure program which has refurbished more than 50 playspaces across the Territory and built two new natural play spaces at Yerrabi Pond and Kambah District Park.

“The ACT Government will continue to invest in renewed play infrastructure to give children the best start and provide better public spaces for Canberrans.”

For further information on each of the new play spaces, visit City Services.

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