Construction begins on playground upgrades

October 25, 2017

Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke slides down the much loved slide at RSL Park in Corowa before construction for the new playground and three others begins.

The RSL Park play equipment has been dug up to make way for new equipment.

The old playground equipment at RSL Park has been used for the final time as preparation begins for the installation of an exciting new play space.

The popular park for local families and visitors will be transformed over the coming weeks, as part of Federation Council’s Playspace Upgrade Program.

The program includes nine projects that focus on improving the liveability of the area in order to better meet the needs of residents, support youth and attract young families.

Lowe Square and Memorial Park in Howlong and the Rand Recreation Reserve will also have new playgrounds installed prior to Christmas.

Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said council was looking forward to delivering these projects, which have been community priorities for some time.

“The community have been very involved in identifying these important projects and working with council to provide feedback and finalise the designs,” he said.

“We are really excited to open these new spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy.”

Moduplay has been engaged to construct the four new playgrounds and will work closely with council’s parks and garden team to ensure the projects are completed by December.

“It’s a huge task to roll out four new playgrounds in a six-week period, however subject to weather, we are confident we’ll be celebrating the opening of these sites by December,” Mayor Bourke said.

“Installation of the new equipment will be staged across the four sites, with Corowa RSL Park to be completed first, followed by Lowe Square and Memorial Park in Howlong and then Rand Recreation Reserve.

“The sites will be closed to the public while works are underway and temporary fencing and signage will be installed to communicate this information to residents.”

Mayor Bourke said council had recognised the generous support of the Corowa RSL Club, which contributed $25,000 to the new playground in Corowa.

“The RSL Club also provide a really valuable service by maintaining this park on behalf of the community, so we are very fortunate to have such community minded businesses who help make these projects happen,” he said.

Funding has also been made available for these projects through the NSW Governments Stronger Community Fund and long-term savings from council.

The RSL Park project has also received $18,000 in funding through the Australian Government Stronger Communities Program.

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