Destination Playground for ANZAC Park Somerset

23 May 2018

Waratah-Wynyard Council has established a working group to assist with the development of a destination playground at ANZAC Park, Somerset, in line with Council’s Open Space Sport and Recreation Plan (OSSR).

The working group had its first meeting earlier this month and will now meet regularly to discuss the scope of the project until such time detailed design is completed.

The creation of an inclusive playground was presented   by The Fairy Godmothers Inc, a local not for profit organisation, to Council in June 2014.

Following further planning with Council and The Fairy Godmothers, the establishment of an all ability playground was later outlined as a key project in Council’s Open Space Sport and Recreation Plan (OSSR), adopted in September 2017.

The Fairy Godmothers are one of the key stakeholders represented in the working group, which also includes members from the Somerset Surf Club, Rotary Club of Somerset, Somerset Scout Group, Building Somerset’s future, Council staff and other community members.

Secretary and Public Officer Katrina Tabart said having an all abilities playground on the North-West Coast had been a goal since the Fairy Godmothers was formed in 2013.

“We work with a number of people with disabilities and have found there is a lack of places where kids of all abilities can play in unison,” she said.

“We have done a lot of research, particularly looking at the Dru Point Bicentennial Park, which is an all abilities playground in Margate and we would like to create something like that in the North-West.

“All abilities means a place for everyone from tiny tots to adults where they can go with the family and enjoy a day out.”

Mrs Tabart said Somerset was an ideal location for a destination playground due to its accessibility to the other towns on the Coast.

“It’s in a central location for people from Burnie and Wynyard and for those travelling from Smithton and from the West Coast.”

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robby Walsh said it was great to see the project mature.

“This will be a terrific asset not only to our municipality, but to the entire Cradle Coast,” Mayor Walsh said.

“The project will be ideally positioned to act as a destination for users of the proposed coastal pathway.

“This project will not only provide an inclusive playground but also make this a great place for everyone.

“I think it’s well and truly worthwhile to have a facility in the North-West that will cater for all parts of the community.

“There’s potential to turn this into a real destination and create a place that will really put Somerset on the map.” 

The working group is seeking to identify appropriate size and location of the playground, other supporting infrastructure, linkages to the coastal pathway, open space and landscaping and other amenities that will add to the destination.

 

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