Playgrounds across Canberra set for upgrades

Young Canberrans will benefit from playground upgrades that will be rolled out from early this year and will include new shade sails, a greater range of equipment and safety improvements.

Play time at the Boswell Crescent and Jacobs Street playgrounds in Florey and Evatt will improve, with new equipment on the way. A double swing set, spinning platform and play unit will be provided for younger children, as well as a new seesaw at the Evatt playground.

There'll will be more opportunities to swing, slide and climb at the Howell Place playground in Gowrie with a double swing set, rotating seesaw, train structure and play unit being installed. 

In Gungahlin, upgrades will be rolled out at the Yerrabi Pond District Park, where the existing Tarzan bridge and large swing will be upgraded to improve safety at this popular park.

The maintenance of equipment at playgrounds across Canberra is important to ensure existing facilities remain safe and accessible. These upgrades will include maintenance to the fencing at the playgrounds on Alberga Street in Kaleen, Jeffries Street in Gowrie, Whitney Place in Weston and Glassey Place in Spence.

Twenty-five playgrounds will have shade sails installed to make them more pleasant at all times of the day. Local neighbourhood playgrounds in the suburbs of Ainslie, Bonython, Crace, Forde, Florey, Harrison, Holt, Kaleen, Kambah, Macarthur, Monash, Ngunnawal, Palmerston, Rivett, Spence, Theodore, Weston and Yarralumla will each receive a shade sail.

Seven district parks will also receive additional shade, including Telopea Park in Barton, Point Hut Pond District Park in Gordon, Kambah District Park, Fadden Pines District Park, Civic skate park and the Boundless all abilities playground.

Work on these playground upgrades will start early this year and be completed by mid-2017.