25 September 2023

Playground upgrades swing into action

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Playgrounds across the Territory are to be upgraded, improved or reviewed as part of a program announced by the Minister for City Services, Chris Steel.

Mr Steel said Canberra families loved their local playgrounds and he was committed to see more upgrades right across the city.

“Three new nature play spaces will be built at Eddison Park (Phillip), Glebe Park (City) and near Farrer shops; 24 suburbs across Canberra will receive upgrades to existing parks and playgrounds; and five suburbs have been selected to have a whole of suburb review — Richardson, Waramanga, Torrens, Narrabundah and Higgins,” Mr Steel said.

“As part of the ACT Government’s Better Suburbs Program, a community-led Play Spaces Forum has allocated $1.9 million of Government funding to improve playgrounds.”

He said the Forum particularly wanted to support new nature play spaces in two growing Town Centres — to enhance Eddison Park in Woden and Glebe Park in the City as a destination for children and their families.

“Natural play spaces provide unstructured play experiences that can be creative and imaginative, using primary elements from the landscape, such as logs and rocks, to encourage children to climb, jump, explore and develop their coordination skills,” Mr Steel said.

“A third nature play space will also be built near Farrer shops, using funding the forum allocated for a Play Space Strategy,” he said.

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