Play­ground swings into ac­tion thanks to schools

Park trans­for­ma­tion com­plete

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

BARR and Bass St Re­serve in Coly­ton is the play­ground that the whole com­mu­nity built.

The park has come a long way from the empty re­serve it was last year, com­plete with fly­ing fox, bike track and bar­be­cue area.

Stu­dents from Coly­ton High School and Ben­nett Rd Pub­lic School were given the task of designing the play­ground last year.

Mas­ter­minds be­hind the plan were Year 6 stu­dent Mandiyra Mann and Year 10 stu­dent Andrew Gor­gis.

“When we first saw the park it was re­ally empty and we wanted to make it stand out – it was just a ran­dom park with not much,” Mandiyra said.

“We wanted peo­ple to be able to en­joy it.”

Work­ing along­side Pen­rith Coun­cil the stu­dents were given de­sign ideas and bud­get con­straints to build the park.

Andrew said the play­ground had turned out so much bet­ter than ex­pected.

“We were given choices and photos of each of the pieces of equip­ment with a bud­get to make sure we didn’t spend too much,” he said.

“It ac­tu­ally looks so much big­ger and bet­ter than what I ex­pected.

“When we first came here it was ba­si­cally a lamp and a wall, I didn’t even know we could do what we have done.”

Pen­rith Mayor Karen McKe­own said the play­ground would be a great meet­ing place for the com­mu­nity.

“I had the op­por­tu­nity to give the play­ground its fi­nal in­spec­tion and I com­mend the stu­dents on their de­sign and choice of equip­ment for Barr and Bass Re­serve,” Cr McKe­own said.

“The trans­for­ma­tion of the re­serve is in­cred­i­ble; it’s some­thing the com­mu­nity will be very proud to make use of.”

The up­grade in­cludes a fly­ing fox, climb­ing net, nest swing, bike track, bar­be­cue, and pic­nic area.

Pic­ture: Carmela Roche

Alex Brown and Joshua Kalolo, both 8, en­joy­ing the new play­ground.

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