Playground swings into action thanks to schools
Park transformation complete
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.
Alex Brown and Joshua Kalolo, both 8, enjoying the new playground.