Western Parkland City Liveability Program
Ten projects valued at more than $18.7 million will be completed across Blue Mountains City over the next three years.
Summerhayes Park playspace in Winmalee will be under construction from April - June 2020. The upgrade will improve the current facilities to make the space more inclusive.
In 2019, Blue Mountains City Council was awarded a grant of $50,000 to make Summerhayes Park more inclusive under the NSW Government's ‘Everyone Can Play’ program. Council has matched the grant with a further $50,000 to significantly improve the playspace experience. For families who are currently using the playground there will be some different types of play on offer following construction, however as this funding is targeting people with additional needs, the new design is focused on providing a significantly improved experience for these families.
The works include new fencing, seating, accessible paths and more sensory and social play elements, along with elements of nature play and an upgraded swing with lumbar support. The works, expected to be completed by June 2020, will not deliver additional play equipment but will make the park more accessible.
During construction the playground and some parking spaces will be fenced off. The oval and other Summerhayes Park facilities will remain open, and there will be no road closures. Council and its contractor will work to minimise disruption to park users and residents.
This project is one of many that are planned for the City in coming years. Council will be installing or improving inclusive playground equipment in a number of parks and recreation facilities, with funding assistance from the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Fund:
The project scope is in line with the Governments ‘Everyone Can Play’ guidelines and Council’s own Play Guidelines.