Ray Pascoe Park marks milestone for playground replacement program
A brand new playground is now open at Ray Pascoe Park in Tweed Heads, marking a milestone for Council’s playground rationalisation and replacement program.
The $70,000 upgrade to the facility, located on Kennedy Drive, includes an adventure play structure with slides, a climbing wall, track rider, double swing, carousel and an interactive play structure.
Photo caption: Mia and Ella Hrenek have given their stamp of approval to the brand new playground at Ray Pascoe Park, Tweed Heads.
Resident Jerry Hrenek said his daughters Mia (5) and Ella (2) tried out the new playground and was pleased that the equipment was suited to both younger and older children.
“The playground is safe and in a beautiful spot, and because of the mulch the kids don’t hurt themselves if they fall over,” Mr Hrenek said. “Mia loved the two slippery slides and Ella loved the interactive cafe, which is great for the younger kids; we don’t have anything bad to say about it.”
Council’s Manager – Recreation Services, Stewart Brawley, said Council maintained 82 playgrounds throughout the Shire and had the replacement program in place for when structures could no longer be safely repaired.
Mr Brawley said the budget for playground replacements was limited, making well-used structures a first priority. “Coastal parks are currently our most heavily-utilised playgrounds,” he said.
“Some of the recent ones installed at Kingscliff or Hastings Point can have over 40 kids on them at any one time, and this calls for other necessities like car parking, barbeques and more amenities. “It’s a problem we need to deal with, but it just shows how successful and well-used these new parks are.”
Council has undertaken engagement with the community to develop a Shire wide Open Space Strategy, which aims to determine community expectations and use this information to ultimately develop better parks.
For more information on playgrounds in the Tweed Shire visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ParksAndGardens and for more on the Commercial Recreation Activities on Public Open Space draft policy visit http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/PublicSpaceCommercial
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Originally released 15/5/15
Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom