Parents differ on Leslie Park
A FOUR-metre high “activity net” planned for the $131,818 upgrade of Leslie Park’s play equipment has been met with mixed reactions from local parents.
At this week’s round of committee meetings council moved to accept the tender of Sure-Play Pty Ltd, which, as well as the giant spider web style climbing apparatus, includes a bird’s nest swing and play area with slide and bridge.
The area, across from the police station will be covered with softfall.
The present boat swings will remain.
While some concern was raised about the height of the climbing frame, councillors eventually agreed the design looked like good fun for children.
“They had one of these where my family go on holidays in Caloundra,” Cr Cameron Gow said.
“They took it down for repair and the kids were devastated.
“There was never a question of kids falling out.
“Kids love to climb and there will be a swarm of children using this.”
The park also will be fitted with a Liberty Swing for children with disabilities and engineering director Peter See said it fitted in nicely with the Leslie Park master plan.
“The trees adjacent to the park are a greater hazard for kids to fall out,” Mr See said.
“They are designed if, in the worst case someone falls, injury is minimal.
“It’s not to say no one can get injured but that’s the nature of playgrounds.”
Council voted to go ahead with the park plans, however, when the Daily News posted an image of the climbing apparatus on our Facebook site, one user was quick to criticise the idea.
“Having been involved in a major WHS project for this sort of equipment for a major city council my answer is no way, never,” she said.
“Especially if our fire services do not have ready access to cherry pickers and high-rise rescue equipment.”
However, another user was quick to respond.
“It’s negativity like yours that causes Warwick to stay how it is.
“I’m sure they have weighed up all the pros and cons.
“As an ex-Warwick person I enjoy seeing on here what’s happening there as I’m sure many others do to.”
A final decision will be made at next week’s general meeting.