Upgrades to add to fun at Wanangkura playground

Alicia PereraNorth West Telegraph
A NEOS 360 similar to this will be installed in the Wanangkura playground.
Camera IconA NEOS 360 similar to this will be installed in the Wanangkura playground. Credit: Town of Port Hedland

An electronic play area, access ramp, water fountain and new surfacing are among the features that will be added to South Hedland’s Wanangkura playground in an upgrade geared towards improving its accessibility.

The Town of Port Hedland council awarded a more than $346,000 tender for upgrades and extensions to the playground, adjacent to Wanangkura Stadium, at its December meeting.

While most of the playground infrastructure will remain, upgrades will involve the installation of a NEOS 360 — an interactive electronic playground that runs games, some updated equipment and the addition of a number of small playground features designed for inclusive play.

An access ramp, disabled parking bays, a water fountain and new surfacing will also be installed.

Town Mayor Camilo Blanco said the playground upgrade was part of the Town of Port Hedland’s commitment to renewing community assets.

“I’m pleased this upgrade is now secured, delivering on both the Town’s Strategic Community Plan 2018-2028 and the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2022 to make Hedland a more liveable place for everyone,” he said.

“As well as improving accessibility, the upgrade will also ensure the equipment is fit for purpose, modern and safe for all users.”

In addition to updating equipment, the upgrades are also aimed at broadening the park’s appeal to a wider range of children, including pre-teens and teenagers.

The works will be carried out by South West playground design company Active Discovery, which was awarded the tender at last month’s council meeting.

Construction is expected to start in the next few months.

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