News that council is seeking funding for an adventure playground that would be located at Endeavour Park should be exciting for everyone.
Lithgow’s youngest residents will no doubt love the wide range of objects to climb on and play with, while for parents and grandparents, it’s a great way of keeping children entertained.
The plan to build an adventure playground has been in the works for quite some time, with council first starting to look at the issue in 2011
Back then they saw an adventure playground as a potential drawcard for the town but acknowledged that it would take time to secure funding and make it a reality.
In 2014 Endeavour Park was named as the location, and now council had identified that funding may be available.
With the project estimated to cost $1.3 million, it will seek just over $1m from the NSW government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) to make it a reality.
Community support for the project has been there from the outset, with a survey in 2014 showing that 99 per cent of respondents supported the venture.
That’s an approval rate that would be unmatched by almost any other project.
Already a number of councils across the region have constructed their own adventure playgrounds including Bathurst, Oberon and Orange.
They have become popular places for parents with children and at Bathurst, the park where the adventure playground is located has hosted New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks.
Now, thanks to almost $1.7 million from the SCCF being dedicated to Lithgow, it might become a reality.
Council already has a design in mind, with the facility to have a mining theme and it would include flying foxes, climbing structures, cubbies and trampolines.
The brief from council is ‘to provide fun, safe, interesting and unstructured play areas for children’, music to parents’ ears. It would also cater to children of all abilities.
Adventure playgrounds have proved to be popular with locals and holidaymakers alike, and council hopes it would be the same for Lithgow, enhancing the town’s reputation for social activities.
The project has been a long one, with more than six years invested so far into getting it right but the finish line is getting closer and that is good news for all.