MidCoast Council upgrading Moira Parade kids playground

MidCoast Council’s artist impression of the new Playspace design on Moira Parade.

RIVER walkers and families with young children will have noticed the fence recently erected around the play equipment along Moira Parade in Hawks Nest.

The construction fencing has gone up as the first practical stage in the upgrade of the park, a direct result of MidCoast Council’s Playspace Strategy, the draft and public exhibition of which ran from 28 September to 2 November, and was covered in News Of The Area on 4 October.

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The Playspace Strategy comprises an audit of MidCoast LGA playgrounds, which Council acknowledges as “widely distributed, ageing, and currently do not deliver the value that the community wants from these facilities”.

The Moira Parade equipment was originally installed over 30 years ago, with many locals having childhood memories using it, and it has seen only a few modifications in that time.

“This is one of the projects identified in our new Playspace Strategy, this local Playspace will complement the other upgrades that we have identified for the area,” a Council spokesperson told NOTA.

MidCoast Council has supplied NOTA with a conceptual 3D design for the new park.

“Note in the design the circular swing set – we asked for this specifically, as it is an innovative piece that is very popular with kids and adults alike.

“The budget for this project was limited, so what we were able to do was restricted by that, but we are very pleased with what we are able to provide, and we think the finished product will enhance the reserve and we hope residents enjoy the facility.”

The new park is expected to be finished by 6 December, weather depending.

Progress in the Playspace Strategy can be followed at https://haveyoursay.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/playspace-strategy.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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