The reopening of outdoor play equipment as COVID-19 restrictions ease has brought smiles to the faces of children around the city, and so have upgrades to popular play areas at Cook Park and Lake Canobolas, just in time for the school holidays.
After a three-week installation period, the well-used old Cook Park swings have been replaced with a new six-seat swing set fixed into a smooth rubber surface, designed to make the structure more accessible for people of all abilities.
The swing set features three standard swings, a toddler swing, a carer-and-child swing where they can swing together facing each other, and an inclusive ‘boat’ swing, a hammock-like swing for people with mobility challenges.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the closure of many public spaces due to COVID-19 was an opportunity for Council to make timely improvements to facilities around the city.
“We’re using this downtime to improve our infrastructure and it’s great to see some of these upgrades already serving the people of Orange, such as this new outdoor play equipment,” Mayor Reg Kidd said.
Orange City Council Sport and Recreation Committee Chair, Councillor Jason Hamling said the new equipment would enable a greater diversity of users to access the swings.
“This new swing set accommodates people of different needs and abilities and is a great addition to the recreational facilities of our magnificent park,” Cr Jason Hamling said.
Out at Lake Canobolas a 3.5-metre-high ‘birds nest’ swing has been installed in the play area on the western side of the lake, which has already been a hit with families visiting during the school holidays.
The swing is also set into a rubber base, while a new concrete pathway leads to the swing and nearby covered barbecue area so people of all abilities can enjoy the facilities.
With a combined cost of $70,000, the new equipment was installed by contractor Creative Recreational Solutions.
Cook Park and Lake Canobolas are open every day from early morning until dusk.
People using outdoor play equipment are reminded to follow COVID-19 public health orders including washing your hands before and after using the equipment, wiping down equipment before and after use, and maintaining physical distancing of 1.5 metres from people you do not live with.