Glenbrook District Park play space opens
The much anticipated new play space at Glenbrook District Park is now complete and open for the community to enjoy.
Funded under the $190 million Western Parkland City Liveability Program, this is the second and final stage in the redevelopment of this park, following construction of the junior playground in 2018.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the latest addition is an exciting and diverse play area.
“Inclusive elements such as the flying fox, trampoline, a gong, a nest swing and quiet areas for children with a disability and their carers will ensure they can enjoy the play area as well,” Minister Fletcher said.
“The new $1.07 million play space has been funded under the Western Sydney City Deal and is a great example of how we are getting on with the job to provide vital community infrastructure and public spaces that will enhance liveability and drive a brighter future for the region.”
New South Wales Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, the Hon Stuart Ayres MP, said this is a key park for the Blue Mountains community and visitors from Greater Sydney.
“Local tourism is essential for many businesses in the Blue Mountains and after the challenges of the last 12 months, the upgrade of this busy park will benefit families and tourists,” Minister Ayres said.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, who joined Mayor Greenhill to mark the start of construction works in November last year, welcomed the opening of the Park.
“I am delighted to see this important project through to completion, and to know that local families will be able to enjoy play equipment which meets their needs. It’s a great outcome,” Senator Payne said.
Mayor of the Blue Mountains City Council, Cr Mark Greenhill, said the council talked extensively with the community to ensure we delivered a fun, interactive and modern play space that also features some fantastic inclusive elements for kids living with a disability.
“A little over three months ago, we started construction of this play space and despite the inclement weather, I’m very excited to see the latest development to this well-loved park,” Cr Greenhill said.
“Along with the existing junior playground, this new area forms an attraction that families and kids of all ages will love returning to.”
A continuous fence will wrap around both the junior play area and the new equipment. The main entrance is from the village side and there is an entry and exit to the existing toilets and Visitor Information Centre on the other side.
The upgrade included:
- A 5.4-metre climbing rope tower with tunnel slide
- A 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, one large enough for a wheelchair
- Monkey bars
- Timber balance trail
- Extra shading and soft fall rubber
- A range of sensory and imagination stimulating components
- Accessible pathways
- Refurbished picnic tables and shelters
- New seating and tree plantings
- Recycled elements that continue the transport theme of the junior play area.
Blue Mountains City Council has four district parks: Glenbrook Park, Buttenshaw Park at Springwood, Wentworth Falls Lake Park and Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, with each one receiving funding from the Western Parkland City Liveability Program for upgrades.
The City Deal is a historic 20 year partnership between the three levels of government commits to jointly invest in city-building initiatives to improve the prosperity, sustainability and liveability of Western Sydney.
To follow the progress of the other district parks, go to https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/
For more information on the Western Sydney City Deal, visit https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/western-sydney/ and www.wscd.sydney