16 March: Construction is set to commence on two new playgrounds that will reflect the unique character of their Scenic Rim communities.
Construction is set to commence on two new playgrounds that will reflect the unique character of their Scenic Rim communities.
In line with its Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages program and Playground Strategy, Scenic Rim Regional Council will soon begin works that will see parks at Harrisville and Kalbar transformed by agriculture-themed playgrounds.
Work began today on the playground in Harrisville Memorial Park, Queen Street, Harrisville, and commences on Monday 30 March on the playground at Kalbar Civic Centre, George Street, Kalbar.
Planning for both playgrounds has taken account of wide-ranging community needs, incorporating all-abilities play and activities accessible from ground level.
At Harrisville, the proximity of the park to the Harrisville State School was considered in catering for a range of age groups, including younger siblings playing before and after school pick-ups and drop-offs.
Council's Chief Executive Officer Jon Gibbons said the latest playground upgrades were part of a 10-year, $2.5 million strategy that is transforming parks at key locations across the region.
"In all of our planning for new playgrounds the focus has been on creating spaces that are inviting for children and families and which reflect the character of their communities," he said.
A play horse and tractor will be the centrepiece of Kalbar's playground, which will include a homestead incorporating a fireman's pole, climbing net, climbing tunnel, crawling ramp, play desk and two slides.
Harrisville's playground will feature a custom farmhouse play tower incorporating music, sensory and manipulative play panels, a curly climber, climbing net and slide, with a three-dimensional climbing tunnel and 'moo cow' springer completing the space.
"Both playgrounds capture the essence of their rural communities and their farming heritage," Mr Gibbons said.
"Projects like these illustrate how Council's investment in infrastructure beyond roads and bridges help make our towns and villages such great places to live and for families to raise their children."
Works will be carried out at both parks from 7am to 5pm, with completion expected by late April, weather permitting. Although some works may be carried out at other times, Council will aim to minimise disruption to business owners, pedestrians and motorists.