There is a buzz of excitement in the community as construction of the new Corowa RSL Park playground gets underway.
Corowa Preschool children recently visited the site to supervise the construction of the new playground.
The project is part of Federation Council’s Play Space Upgrade Program and has been a priority for the community for some time.
Council has worked closely with the community to finalise the designs and, in particular, has ensured the feedback provided by local children has been considered.
Site preparation started earlier in the month, following extensive planning and design to ensure the new space achieved the best outcome.
Federation Council Co-ordinator of Parks and Facilities Darren Harvey has been overseeing the project and said he has been pleased with the level of interest shown by the community.
“It’s been great to have the kids involved in these projects and we’ve received some really positive feedback so far,” he said.
“We had a visit from the Corowa Preschool and there were lots of questions and happy faces.
“The kids really enjoyed seeing our staff in action using the bobcats and getting things ready for the equipment to be installed.”
It is expected that the construction phase will be completed within the next week and landscaping will then start before the site is reopened to the public.
Council staff have been working with gardeners from the RSL Club, who maintain the park as a valuable community service.
“It’s been a good opportunity for us to work together on an exciting community project like this and we really appreciate the support the RSL Club has provided,” Mr Harvey said.
The project has been funded through a generous contribution of $25,000 from the Corowa RSL Club, $115,451 from the NSW Governments Stronger Community Fund, $18,000 from the Australian Government Stronger Communities Program and long-term savings from council.
Significant progress has also been made on three other Play Space projects, with Memorial Park in Howlong and the Rand Community Playground almost complete.
Work is underway at Lowe Square in Howlong to prepare the site and construct the network of footpaths that will connect the various components of the space.
Installation of the playground equipment is expected to commence next week, followed by landscaping.
Official openings are being planned to celebrate the new play spaces and details will soon be available from council’s website.