YOUNG families in Warrnambool’s expanding north-western neighbourhoods are on course to gain a new state-of-the-art playground.
The city council has called for public feedback to help form a draft design for the new play area at Barton Court, near the northern stretch of Morriss Road.
The $290,000 project will be bankrolled through developer contributions although the council is also tipping in cash.
Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh said the council was committed to establishing playgrounds within 500 metres of most built-up residential areas.
He said extra activity areas were necessary as more young families move to the city’s new neighbourhoods.
“Playgrounds are an important asset for any neighbourhood and with growth in the north-west, at Brierly and in the east, we’ll continue to have to meet those demands,” Cr Neoh said.
“Statistics show that more young professionals have been moving to Warrnambool and that’ll soon mean more young families wanting access to facilities like playgrounds.
“It’s not just construction of new playgrounds. Maintenance is taking place on existing playgrounds as well.”
The proposed design for the Barton Court playground includes a basket swing, slides, a cubby house, seating and a spinning disc.
Barton Court is located off Vickers Drive, which acts as one of the connecting avenues between Morriss and Caramut roads in west Warrnambool.
City council recreation co-ordinator Kim White said plans for the playground can be viewed on the municipality’s website.
“We’ve produced concept plans for people to look at and now we’re seeking further feedback which will allow us to finalise the design,” she said. “We’re particularly interested in hearing from people who are likely to use the playspace.” Feedback from residents will be accepted until January 10 with construction expected to be completed in the first half of next year.