Following extensive input from the community, brand new features will soon be added to Glenbrook District Park Playground.
This major upgrade, in addition to the junior playground built in 2018, is an inclusive new play space for seven to 12 year olds. It includes a:
- 5.4-metre climbing rope tower with tunnel slide
- 20-metre double flying fox with two seats including one for smaller children or those needing support
- five additional swings including a multi-person nest swing for those who need back support
- two trampolines, large enough for a wheelchair
- monkey bars
- timber balance trail, and
- a range of sensory and imagination-stimulating components.
Last year, we invited the community to have their say on the features they would like to see at the new Glenbrook District Park playground, via a pop-up event and an online tool called the Funbobulator.
Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “I’d like to thank everyone who gave their input into the designs for the new playground. More than 600 people completed our Funbobulator to let us know what they’d like to see. Now those designs are finalised and we’re bringing to life as much as we can within the project budget and timeframe.
“The consultation process was invaluable in helping us determine what the community wanted and needed, and it empowered our community members to play a key part in the decision-making process.
“The upgrade focuses on providing varied play types and experiences, as well as inclusive play. This means we are able to provide more play elements for all children, including those with additional needs.
“This project significantly broadens recreation options for the young people of the Blue Mountains, making Glenbrook Park a great family destination for all ages and abilities.”
The play equipment will be surrounded by soft fall rubber, seating and picnic tables, as well as accessible pathways. There will be extensive shade and new tree plantings, and a new entrance features recycled elements with the old transport theme.
The playground will also be fenced.
The successful tender is currently being finalised and construction of the playground is scheduled to start before the end of 2020.
All four district parks in the Blue Mountains will receive upgrades valued at more than $5.2 million, and funded by the Western Parkland City Liveability Program.