A new playground has been officially opened at Collinsvale featuring design elements specifically requested by local children.
Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said the playground, jointly funded by the Glenorchy City Council and the Federal Government, was constructed as part of an ongoing program of playground renewals across the municipality.
“Council staff worked closely with Collinsvale Primary School pupils to determine the types of equipment they wanted in the new playground.
“Across a number of consultation sessions, the children made it clear that they wanted a ‘hamster wheel’, otherwise known as a roundabout tunnel, to be installed as part of the design.
“As a result, the very first playground hamster wheel in Glenorchy has been installed at Collinsvale,” she said.
Mayor Thomas said the playground also featured a multi-unit with a slide, climbing equipment, a swing set, frog rocker as well as soft-fall floor, seating and landscaping. The State Government also provided $10,000 to construct a shelter over the picnic area near the playground.
“The children and their parents were heavily involved in the design of the new facility, and I know have been eagerly awaiting their chance to put the equipment through its paces.”
Mayor Thomas said the council would refurbish a total of 10 playgrounds under the program, which the Federal Government had contributed $1.5 million toward.
“Having safe, accessible areas for children to play and develop a whole range of physical and social skills is essential. This infrastructure is extremely important to our communities and highly valued by the families who live nearby.
“Our partnership with the Federal Government will allow refurbishments to be done across our municipality in the next two years.
“I’m thrilled that some of the children who participated in the design of this playground are able to be here for today’s opening – and I’m sure they look forward to many hours of enjoyment the new facility will provide,” Mayor Thomas said.