The new-look Webb Park playground at Redhead has received the thumbs up from the people that matter – the children.
The playground recently reopened for play, following a beach-inspired makeover that has seen the addition of a surfboard flying fox and a wave-shaped climbing structure to the popular seaside play area.
Noah Law and Daniel Langholm, two Redhead youngsters (pictured) were having a ball on the new equipment when the intrepid LakeMac Today reporter arrived on the scene this week.
The new stuff is awesome said the boys who were perched high on what they called the inverted rope slide. “And the good thing is that it is not just swings and stuff for small kids. It has bigger equipment for older kids like us.”
At the same time a couple of families with small children were riding on the swings and partaking in other fun activities.
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, inspected the new facilities at the park, which reopened to the public on Monday. “Families have been really looking forward to this revamped recreational area – we had people lining up to use it as staff removed the safety fencing yesterday,” Cr Fraser said.
“Webb Park is a popular playground, being so close to the beach and located in an area with many young families. With this upgrade, it will accommodate more children and offer a greater diversity of activities to cater for children of different ages and abilities.
“It is a very inviting play area and the beach theme beautifully complements the surrounding environment.”
The playground upgrade began in July and work was expedited to ensure the new equipment was available to families for the warmer months. Improvements have also been made to the surrounding pathways and landscaping, and two accessible car parks have been installed.
The second stage of the park improvements involves construction of a new amenities block, expected to be completed by the end of the year. While the work is taking place, visitors can use the nearby amenities at Redhead Beach.
The project is funded by Section 94 Development contributions.