Burdekin Shire Council has commenced construction on the state-of-the-art Nature Based Play Space in Ayr’s Plantation Park.
The works, which began on Monday 7 January, includes landscaping, additional pathway works and installation of all-abilities play equipment and solar lighting.
When completed, the play space will incorporate features such as:
- water play area, including hand water pumps;
- accessible fortress themed lookout;
- sand play table;
- climbing wall and net; and
- all-abilities swings.
Individual elements will be linked by a network of accessible pathways and bridges.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Nature Based Play Space would benefit the community for years to come.
“Council have really invested a lot of time in the community consultation and design phases to make sure this space is enjoyable for all residents and visitors,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“This includes ensuring that pathways and play equipment, such as the sand play table and water pump area, are wheelchair accessible. This will be a place where all children can have fun, be challenged and develop their fine motor skills through outdoor play.”
Cr McLaughlin said the project was in keeping with the natural bush setting at Plantation Park and would be unique for the region.
“This won’t be your standard playground. The play equipment is made from lots of natural materials, such as timber, smoothed stones and bamboo.
“Council intend that, weather permitting, families will be able to enjoy the Nature Based Play Space from June this year.”
Whilst construction is being undertaken there will be increased traffic movement within the internal roadways of the park.
The construction site has been fenced to allow work to be undertaken safely. Plantation Park will remain open for use to residents and visitors.
In 2018 Council received $1.5 million from the Queensland Government to assist with construction of the Nature Based Play Space. $200,000 was also allocated from the State Government’s 2017-19 Works for Queensland program towards the project.
Cr McLaughlin thanked the State Government for investing money in the project for the benefit of Burdekin residents and visitors from throughout the state.