Residents in Sutherland Shire, New South Wales, will receive upgrades to playground facilities as part of a series of projects delivered to enhance the region’s recreational infrastructure. 

As part of the Play Strategy and Implementation Plan, Sutherland Shire Council’s ongoing Playground Renewal Program assesses all Sutherland Shire playgrounds annually and prioritises those most in need of renewal. 

All playgrounds are assessed quarterly for safety and maintenance is carried out where required.

Rejuvenated play spaces at Casuarina Road Oval Playground and Akuna Avenue Reserve Playground have progressively been reopened to local residents, with Colwyn Close Reserve Playground, a relocation of play facilities previously in place in Beaumaris Drive, set to open in coming weeks.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce, said these latest playground upgrades were further demonstration of Council’s commitment to investment in enhancing the region’s recreational infrastructure.

“We know how highly residents value quality open spaces and recreational facilities, and this latest suite of upgraded playgrounds provide great new engaging play spaces for kids to get out and enjoy,” Mayor Pesce said.

“Wherever you live in the Sutherland Shire, we want to ensure local residents have access to a range of fun, engaging play areas, recreational and sports facilities that will support them to develop active lifestyles, and these upgraded playground facilities are a fantastic example of how this can be achieved.”

Mayor Pesce was joined by E Ward Councillors Laura Cowell, Steve Nikolovski and Peter Scaysbrook to officially open the new Casuarina Road Oval Playground, with local families eager to join the councillors on site to test out the new facilities.

Upgraded facilities on site provide a range of attractions for local children such as climbing, sliding, swinging and enjoying natural play elements, with features catering to children aged two to ten years old. 

The newly revamped playgrounds will be accompanied by soft fall material, seating, landscaping and access pathways. 

Bangor’s Akuna Avenue Reserve Playground has undergone a similar transformation, with a series of enhancements that complement existing equipment, catering to a broad range of age groups and abilities.

Colwyn Close Reserve Playground is scheduled for completion in coming weeks, having been relocated from Beaumaris Drive as a result of extensive community consultation. 

The central location is set to improve accessibility for the wider community, with new equipment accompanied by considered landscaping and dedicated seating areas.

Other playgrounds that Sutherland Shire residents can look forward to opening in 2023 include Jelba Reserve in Bangor which is expected to be completed in September 2023 and Webber Street Reserve in Sylvania, scheduled to open in December.

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