OFFICIALLY OPEN: Local kids help Mayor Tracy Dobie open the new playground.
OFFICIALLY OPEN: Local kids help Mayor Tracy Dobie open the new playground. Contributed

Big playground for small town

BRAND new playground equipment has been opened at Boston Park on Merinda St in Wallangarra.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie, Councillors and Wallangarra community members came together on Thursday, April 29, to formally open the $150,000 playground, funded by Southern Downs Regional Council.

The multi-level playground includes swing sets, climbing nets and a suspension bridge.

Wallangarra/Jennings Progress and Arts Association Inc President Liz Mikkelson said since opening the playground has been well utilised.

"Straight after school there will be 30 kids there,” Mrs Mikkelson said.

"One night when it was getting dark there were still around 15 children there.”

Mrs Mikkelson said the location right next to the police station was ideal for the safety as opposed to the only other playground which is located on the New England Highway.

She said the Wallangarra community had been negotiating with council for a long time for this playground but as a result the playground has been designed how the people want it.

"It's there for us as a town, for the locals,” she said.

"Whereas emphasis in the past is put on for travellers which isn't a bad thing.

"But it's nice to give something back to the town and rate payers.”

Cr Dobie said the new facilities made Boston Park a wonderful community space.

"The installation of new playground equipment is wonderful for Wallangarra's children and families, increasing opportunities for recreation and enhancing our region's open spaces,” Cr Dobie said.

"Boston Park is a space where both locals and visitors can enjoy a picnic or barbecue with family or friends and new playground equipment gives kids every reason to be active, imaginative and enjoy being outdoors.

"We listened to what the Wallangarra community said they needed to improve local facilities and Council is proud to deliver such a positive community project.”

Picnics and barbecues will be installed in the coming weeks.

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