Thursday, 1 March 2018
After consultation with the community and local children the City of Bunbury can now reveal the final design for the Kelly Park playground in Carey Park.
The playground will undergo a complete overhaul and include elements chosen by the children who are regular playground users. The $290,000 project has been jointly funded by the City of Bunbury and the State Government which contributed $90,000 to the project. The City’s allocated $200,000 will go toward the playground, new pathways and improved park furniture.
The funding is part of the State Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program - which is about supporting a range of projects across Western Australia.
These grants are for important, grassroots initiatives and programs that will make a big difference to local communities. This funding was a commitment initiated by member for Bunbury Don Punch MLA.
Students from Carey Park Primary School were invited to submit their ideas and a pop-up stall was held at the park for community members to attend and have their say on the design concept.
Once the feedback was received the City’s Landscape and Open Space team worked with playground equipment supplier Proludic to put together a concept plan based on the community’s wants.
Manager Landscape and Open Space Kristy Tillett said the students indicated their preference for a mix of colourful, modern designs but with an emphasis on nature play and natural elements.
“Students provided valuable feedback which was then used to compile a list of must-have items with the most popular requests being a flying fox, slide, nature play and a toddler zone” Ms Tillett said.
“The students also wanted to make sure it was accessible for all playground users.”
Equipment which will be featured in the playground includes a pod swing, adventure tower, talk tubes, flying fox, nature play, rainbow chimes, swings and a carousel equipped to hold wheelchairs.
Site preparation works for the playground installation are scheduled to begin in late April with the playground installation expected to be completed in the last week of May.