The first stage of a new playscape for Waterlily Park in Ocean Shores was completed in March 2017 in partnership with the Waterlily Playscape group. The design and function of the play ground is inspired by the local surroundings and includes:
- a children's nature-based playscape
- enormous timber see-saw
- webbed basket swing
- double slippery dip
- climbing nets
- activities for younger children - like musical pipes, a spinning wheel, and tactile elements.
What upgrades are happening this year?
Council was successful in receiving a NSW Stronger Country Communities grant for Waterlily Park. A total of $480,000 was invested in delivering upgrades in 2019. They include:
1. An exciting all-abilities flying fox including:
- a standard seat
- a second all-abilities seat with safety harness.
2. A double storey tree-house with an accessible first level. The nature-based design includes:
- climbing nets
- a rope tunnel between the lower and upper levels
- a see-through ropedeck
- timber platforms.
- "Leaves" containing interactive play elements.
3. Shade Sails
The grant application proposed one shade sail over only part of the play equipment. Through efficiencies in design, five shade sails will now cover all elements of the play equipment except the flying-fox.
Design and materials
Playworks, an Australian playground specialist, delivered the upgrades to Waterlily Park.
Issues raised by various stakeholders that were considered in the design of the park, included:
- Safety for children.
- Wishes of children and parents.
- Noise and amenity.
- Crime prevention through design, accessibility for all ages and abilities.
- Future maintenance needs.
- Australian Standards.
- Requirements Council has to meet for building parks and playgrounds.
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