Pirate Playground Commences Construction
The commencement of the much anticipated Pirate Playground at Narrabri Lake was marked today with a ceremonial “sod turning” by the Mayor Cathy Redding and General Manager Stewart Todd. This Playground forms part of the recreational area at Narrabri Lake and has been partly funded through the Family and Community Services NSW Social Housing Community Improvement fund.
The community have been very engaged with this project and can look forward to being able to use the playground area in around 6 weeks’ time.
The new construction includes an amenities block, pirate themed playground and a shared pathway that will act as a bike track for young riders. Families using the facilities will be able to “make a day of it” with the inclusion of shade trees, a shelter with tables, chairs and a BBQ.
Works will begin with the construction of a new accessible toilet block with 2 unisex cubicles. These amenities will be connected to the play area with a footpath that will form part of a series of pathways creating a kids bike track and linking the war memorial, playground and amenities facilities. The playground area will then be excavated to create soft fall areas for playground equipment.
On the playground itself, a series of elements have been chosen to attract a wide range of ages including a hammock swing, pendulum swing, rockers and an activity climbing net. The play elements will be spread across an area that is shaped as a boat and emphasises imaginative play.
“Council will be using landscaping and different elements to develop the pirate theme and encourage kids to use their imagination to explore the area,” explained Community Facilities Manager, Helen Carroll. “There will be grassed mounds representing bow waves for kids to climb and roll down, decked areas to represent parts of the pirate ship and gardens to wander through.”
“The elements being included in the playground at this time are just stage one of the project. The playground will be added to progressively and staff have some really fun and interactive elements in mind to include in the future.”
“Imaginative play has been proven to enhance the learning experience of children and this playground will be a great place for imaginations to run wild.”
Parents and care givers have been catered for with the inclusion of picnic facilities and plenty of shade trees including palm trees to keep the pirate theme alive.
“The Lake area is becoming the perfect place to while away the hours for the whole family. The Pirate Playground will be a great addition to what is already becoming a recreational hub for Narrabri Shire,” added Ms Carroll.