Pupils’ ideas become reality at playground

YOU only have to see the smiles on these children’s faces to realise you don’t need money to buy fun.

While others spent a fortune and queued on opening day of Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney on Thursday, these children were having just as much fun at their new playground without spending a cent.

The Dharruk community has welcomed a new playground at Reserve 389.

A year 6 class at Dawson Public School were the masterminds behind the year long project.

They submitted The Park Project to Blacktown Council, a series of plans for their local park and a proposal to work with the council.

It became a reality when the council voted $68,000 for a much needed playground upgrade.

Pupils workshopped ideas with Ward Five councillors Charlie Lowles and Jacqueline Donaldson.

They conducted a survey to create a wish list of play equipment and helped to pick the final design.

The playground has a double slide, swings, climbing challenges and a nest swing.

‘‘The kids own this park now and have vowed to keep an eye on it,’’ Cr Donaldson said.

Year 6 teacher Kim Shephard is elated about result.

‘‘Every afternoon I drive past, the park is packed with kids,’’ Ms Shephard said.

The playground is different to the ambitious wish list the pupils originally had.

‘‘We wanted it to be like Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney with slippery dips, a foam pit and a basketball court,’’ Shylah Fenner said.

Joshua Nance added: ‘‘It feels good that we’ve done something for the community.’’

Though thrilled with the park, the pupils believed it could be better.

‘‘We would like some bubblers, soccer nets, a barbecue and bike track,’’ Lochlan Sack said.

‘‘A few more swings would be good too.’’

Mayor Len Robinson suggested tables and benches when he saw the improved park last week.

Other participating pupils included Connor Parry, Kyal Walker, Azeal Pihema, Taylor Hillerbrand, Ashlee Marteene, Samantha Ragen and Mani Samuel-Edmonds.

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