Work starts on Leslie Park

WORK has started on a playground upgrade at Warwick's Leslie Park with five new sets of equipment at a total cost of $131,818.

Council's Manager of Parks and Projects Michael Bell said it was another step towards delivering on 'A Healthier Region' as outlined in the Southern Downs 2040 Vision.

He said the Southern Downs Regional Council started a transformation of the Leslie Park playground opposite the police station today by removing most of the existing play equipment.

"Most of the existing equipment is outdated and does not meet current Australian Safety Standards, so we have no choice but to remove it," said Parks

Coordinator John Newley.

"Fortunately the much-loved boat swings and roundabout can stay," Mr Newley explained.

"We're excited to then 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 kids with disabilities confined to a wheelchair.

"The Liberty Swing is possible thanks to the fundraising and support of local service clubs and council," Mr 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, both local and visiting, by installing this swing, and many thanks goes to the service clubs who have supported it."

All structures will be installed with large soft fall areas to cushion any bumps and scrapes.

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