It’s play time in the City of Joondalup

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Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob joined Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski  and South East Ward Councillors John Logan and John Chester to visit one of the City of Joondalup’s newest play spaces at Blackthorn Park, Greenwood.

The City received $120,000 State funding for the development of a ‘nature based’ play space at the popular family-friendly park, with the City contributing $14,000 to the overall project.

The play space renewal was part of significant works the City is undertaking in the area as part of the development of a heritage trail.

The new play space includes a timber combination unit with climber and slide, monkey bars, cubby, accessible sand table, timber sand table with sand pulley, double junior swing, log steppers and limestone scramble wall.

The upgrade also included new benches and a connecting path.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City’s current play space replacement program focused on supporting childhood development through challenging swinging, climbing, hanging, balancing, sliding, social and imaginative play.

“We thank the State Government for their support in delivering this interactive play space which I am sure will prove popular with children of all ages keen to explore and learn while playing,” he said.

“This project has also resulted in an attractive community space for parents and carers to socialise while the children play in a safe and fun environment.”

Ms Stojkovski said: “As a mother, I’m delighted to see nature play spaces in our local parks. Playing safely outdoors is a very important step to take with your child, and sadly our suburbs don’t always have places where that’s possible,”

“I was especially happy to be personally involved in the design of something that children are going to enjoy. My kids have already given the play space a field test and pronounced it up to standard, which is high praise indeed.”

There are about 220 play spaces across the City’s 22 suburbs.

Play spaces are replaced on a rotational basis based on age and condition and the City of Joondalup sets aside about $1million in its Capital Works program each year to upgrade at least 10.

As part of the 2019/20 Capital Works program, play space upgrades will take place at Geneff Park, Sorrento; Wolinski Park, Mullaloo; Scott Park, Hillarys; Gradient Park, Beldon; Blackboy Park, Mullaloo; Lexcen Park, Ocean Reef; Chadstone Park, Craigie; Kelvin Park, Duncraig; Whitfords Nodes South; Whitfords Nodes North (part of the Health and Wellbeing Hub) and at Forrest Park, Padbury.