WHILE children have been unable to enjoy playgrounds because of the coronavirus restrictions, a roll-out of improvements has been underway at parks in Coalcliff, Thirroul and Corrimal.
Over the past four months Wollongong City Council crews have replaced and rebuilt six play spaces in smaller parks, including at Leeder Park, in Paterson Street, Coalcliff, LB Kelly Park, in Henley Road, Thirroul, and Harry Henson Park, in Robson Street, Corrimal.
With restrictions lifted from last weekend, the playgrounds have now reopened, and the new equipment is ready for testing.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the work is part of Council’s commitment to offer and maintain diverse and engaging play spaces across the city.
Cr Bradbury said the replacement of the playgrounds since the start of the year ensures families and children have access to fun, adventurous play spaces into the future. Council has more than 140 play spaces across the city and the renewed swings, slides, and climbing frames would appeal as public health restrictions are modified and time in playgrounds returns.
“The past few months have been a challenging time for everyone in our community, but in particular children who have seen their playgrounds off-limits and their schools offering learning in a different way,” Cr Bradbery said.
“It’s exciting to think that our city’s future generation have a number of renewed spaces to explore and visit.”
While children and families can return to play spaces, Cr Bradbury reminded users to stick to NSW guidelines and physical distancing advice, while playing on slides, swings and other equipment. To avoid overcrowding and help keep the community safe, Cr Bradbury advised people to check out smaller parks and play spaces that may be less busy.