Parks set for facelift
GIGGLES rang out as Warwick tot Wylie Brackin slippery-dipped and sea-sawed at the Chase Estate Park yesterday.
But in a few weeks time the two year-old won't recognise the place.
Mayor Ron Bellingham said the Rose City playground along with Allora's Stuart Henry Park and Killarney's Canning Park would all receive facelifts in the coming weeks with staff removing old equipment this week.
He said upgrades were expected to be completed by the end of February with grounds out of bounds during the works.
"In the last three and a half years this new council has replaced eight public amenities blocks and made substantial upgrades to 13 parks across the Southern Downs, not counting these three new projects," Cr Bellingham said.
"We're not going to stop here, every year there will be consideration given to other parks in our capital budget."
He said it was all about creating better public open space, and giving healthy, outdoor destinations for parents to take their kids.
"We'll be looking first and foremost at safety, upgrading those parks with old or outdated equipment that doesn't meet current Australian safety standards," he said.
Cr Bellingham said Stuart Henry Park would get the full treatment with a complex new fort and monkey bar series, double chain swing set and a bird's nest swing.
Canning Park in Killarney would get new equipment aimed at younger children, with shade cloth coverings.
Parks and gardens co-ordinator John Newley said it would also be fenced.
"This will be a destination for parents to go and know their little tackers won't get away," he said.
"It's on the main drag in Killarney, and is near another playground suitable for older children, so will be a great destination for families with kids of all ages, either locally or people travelling through."
The total value of the upgrades is $180,000.