The activity net play equipment proposed for Leslie Park
The activity net play equipment proposed for Leslie Park

Play equipment sparks debate

LET kids be kids has been the catch-cry of many Warwick parents after plans for a four-metre high "activity net" were revealed this week.

Parents took to the internet to voice either their concerns or support for the Leslie Park play equipment upgrade, with both the Daily News Facebook page and website attracting a number of comments.

Some people were excited about the old park equipment being replaced but expressed concerns over the design.

"I think it's great that the old play equipment at Leslie Park is getting replaced, however I would be worried about young children playing on the spider web and getting injured," one Facebook user said.

"Maybe a pool fence around it, so that same children can't get into the enclosure without parental help?"

Others felt it would encourage children to spend more time outdoors.

"I think it's awesome! Much better than being stuck in front of TVs and games all day," she said.

Another agreed.

"How far do we go to wrap our kids up in cotton wool?" she asked.

"Let kids be kids and play. I think it is a wonderful park setup that will see many kids out and about playing."

One mother used the Daily News website to give the project the nod.

"This would be a great addition to the parks for children, my kids have climbed one at River Rocks Park and they simply loved it!" she said.

"Everything has a potential for injury but kids love to climb and these nets offer challenges, excitement and fun and that's what kids need.

"The speed with which some are willing to bring down everything is not helping kids grow and learn through play and it's saddening."

As well as the giant spider web climbing apparatus, the $131,818 upgrade will include a bird's nest swing and play area with slide and bridge.

The present boat swings will remain.

The park also will be fitted with a Liberty Swing for children with disabilities.

The area, across from the police station, will be covered with soft fall.

Some concern was raised about the height of the climbing frame, but councillors eventually agreed the design looked like good fun for children.

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 (the play equipment) are designed if, in the worst case someone falls, injury is minimal."

A final decision will be made at next week's general meeting.



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