Playground edges closer to reality

FROM a multi-storey slide, to tunnels, rope ladders and a basket swing, Greenock’s brand-new playground is set to put a smile on the faces of children and parents alike.


Plans for the significant playground upgrade at the community’s oval precinct were revealed to the public for the first time this week, after a contract was signed with nation-wide supplier Kidzspace.


It follows the project’s success in last year’s Fund My Neighbourhood campaign, in which the Greenock community was awarded $100,000 to make their dreams of replacing the oval’s aged equipment a reality.


Daniel Hill, who has spearheaded the project alongside fellow Greenock resident and parent Lauren Boyle, said the final design was chosen for its ‘wow’ factor and appeal to a broad range of ages, with the supplier selected following a submission process involving six others.


“We had a company come to us with something we felt was really great; it was bright, vibrant, engaging for kids of all ages, but it also worked within the landscape,” Mr Hill said.


“Lauren and I aren’t just doing it for our own children – this is for the community, and we knew that whatever we came up with the community needed to think this is money well spent.”


The design includes multiple slides, monkey bars and things to climb, as well as a separate barbecue and seating area funded by Light Regional Council.


“The whole idea is that families can come and let their kids run around, and actually spend more time around that community park,” Mr Hill said.


“For me, I want to see people coming from outside of Greenock and using the playground, and then I want to then see that flow-on effect, with the café, pub and local businesses also getting more visitors.”


The playground’s creation will largely be carried out off site, before it is transported down from Queensland sometime in the next 12 weeks, and then assembled over just a few days.

Ellouise Crawford


Ellouise Crawford joined The Bunyip in April, 2010, while completing a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia. Ellouise wrote The Bunyip’s Playford Times before joining the editorial team full-time in late-2011. She now covers the Light Regional Council region and enjoys writing about Gawler’s strong heritage, as well as its many passionate and inspirational residents. Ellouise grew up in Gawler and now lives in Wasleys with her family.

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