Facelifts for city’s ageing playgrounds

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GLENORCHY’S Barry Street Reserve Playground is again open for public use, with the council completing work to replace the play equipment.

The upgrades are part of the council’s Playspace Strategy (2021-2040) which aims to ensure all parks and playgrounds are fit-for- purpose.

“Council provides and maintains a diverse range of playspace infrastructure, and we understand and acknowledge the importance they have on the social, physical and cognitive development of children,” Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said.

“These areas also play an important role in the image of our city and its ability to attract local and regional visitors to Glenorchy. However, much of the current infrastructure is ageing, with many playspaces requiring renewal or replacement.”

Approximately one playspace for every 1500 residents is suggested and used within the recreation and leisure industry in Australia.

Glenorchy City Council currently has 44 playspaces across the municipality – an average of one playspace per 1090 residents.

“Results from an audit in 2020 showed the need for a detailed strategy outlining the future of existing playspaces, especially to set goals around which areas require upgrades and replacements and whether children of all age ranges were being catered for through the provision of play in Glenorchy,” Mayor Thomas said.

The council is currently working with state and federal governments to secure grant money to carry out the necessary works.

“Council advocated for funding to support playground upgrades during this year’s Federal election and we were thrilled to secure a $1.5m funding commitment from the newly elected Federal Labor Government to assist with the renewal of 10 playgrounds,” Mayor Thomas said.

Council has allocated budget for upgrades to the playspaces at Collinsvale, Cairnduff Reserve and Booth Avenue Reserve in Glenorchy this financial year, and will also deliver the $3.4m regional playspace at Giblins Reserve.

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