Community thrilled with park works

In full swing: Makayla Boyland gave the new equipment in Denver Reserve a big thumbs up. Picture: Natalie Roberts

In full swing: Makayla Boyland gave the new equipment in Denver Reserve a big thumbs up. Picture: Natalie Roberts

PLAY time has never been as much fun or as safe as it is now at Denver Reserve in St Clair.

Penrith Council has replaced ageing equipment in the well used park with a new playground to be officially unveiled on Friday.

Fitness equipment designed for adults and children was also installed.

The upgrades were the result a campaign from parents who first contacted the Star in December, 2012 about the state of the park, which backs onto Clairgate Public School.

At the time, it was not uncommon to find broken glass, needles, syringes, pills and other hazards littered not just throughout the park but also in the bark chips underneath equipment where children played.

Council had no plans for a "substantial" upgrade of the reserve at the time but changed its tune a few moths later when funding for a new playground in its next financial budget was allocated.

The new equipment includes three slippery dips, swings for all ages and a flying fox.

The bark chips are gone and have been replaced with a rubber soft fall.

"It's 100 per cent better and has been well appreciated by the community," Lisa Ross said.

"The place is constantly used every single day. People come here for picnics and parties. There's a playgroup that meets here now. Even people from outside the area come here."

Train With Me personal trainer Kristy Green runs fitness sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays.

She will be at Friday's unveiling to demonstrate how to use the new exercise equipment.

Parents thanked councillor Prue Car for bringing the matter to the council's attention.

The campaign is not over yet.

"Lighting is still needed in the reserve," Mrs Ross said.

Click below to read the original story that started the campaign in 2012.

http://www.stmarysstar.com.au/story/1176103/parents-worried-about-broken-glass-and-other-hazards-park-threat-to-childrens-safety/



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