Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

FAM­I­LIES will be able to es­cape sum­mer’s heat by mak­ing a splash at an over­hauled green space in Ersk­ine Park.

Phoenix Re­serve’s im­pres­sive new play area will fea­ture jets shoot­ing out wa­ter to re­fresh hot and both­ered young­sters.

A Pen­rith Council spokesman said the sub­urb’s $140,000 ad­di­tion should be op­er­at­ing be­fore the end of Novem­ber.

“The splash pad is part of a broader range of im­prove­ments in­clu­sive of sub­stan­tial new path­ways, pic­nic shel­ters, new fur­ni­ture and land­scap­ing,” the spokesman said.

The project falls un­der the council’s Cool­ing The City strat­egy, which has al­ready seen trees planted as shad­ing in the re­gion and an­other splash pad in­stalled at Wer­ring­ton Lakes Re­serve.

The spokesman said Ersk­ine Park’s fa­cil­ity was ex­pected to be al­most dou­ble in size.

Res­i­dents have wel­comed the news, af­ter years of lob­by­ing for more lo­cal places to cool down.

Lisa A’Beck­ett, of Ersk­ine Park, was thrilled to hear the splash pad would soon roll into the area.

The mother of two boys, aged five and eight, said it “will be nice” to take them to a lo­cal out­door wa­ter fea­ture on hot days.

“We went to the one at Wer­ring­ton in the hol­i­days and the kids loved it be­cause they played and went for a bike ride and then when they got hot they went for a splash,” Ms A’Beck­ett said.

The tem­per­a­ture is ex­pected to reach 30C on Fri­day, herald­ing the warmer sum­mer months.

An artist's im­pres­sion of the splash pad set to be in­stalled at Phoenix Re­serve, Ersk­ine Park, by the end of Novem­ber.

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