The Leslie Park icons will stay as part of an upgrade of play equipment.
The Leslie Park icons will stay as part of an upgrade of play equipment.

Playground swings into modern age

LESLIE Park is set to get a new playground, with five new sets of equipment at a total cost of $131,818.

The Southern Downs Regional Council has this week started a transformation of the Leslie Park playground opposite the police station by removing most of the existing play equipment.

The council's manager of parks and projects, Michael Bell, said it was another step council had taken towards delivering on its aim of a healthier region as outlined in the Southern Downs 2040 Vision, by improving the quality of our open space.

"Most of the existing equipment is outdated and does not meet Australian Safety Standards, so we have no choice but to remove it," he said.

"Fortunately the much-loved boat swings and roundabout can stay. We're excited to be installing five brand new state-of-the-art playground pieces, creating a fun and challenging physical environment for kids of all ages and abilities."

This includes two four-metre-high activity nets connected by a web bridge, a bird's nest swing, a twin swing set, a multi-level play fort structure with slides and a Liberty Swing for children confined to a wheelchair.

"The Liberty Swing is possible thanks to the fundraising and support of local service clubs and council," parks co-ordinator John Newley said.

"It enables kids confined to a wheelchair to enjoy the freedom of swinging through the air that most able-bodied children simply take for granted. "We're very proud to enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families by installing this swing, and many thanks goes to the clubs who supported it."



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