NEW PLAY AREA WILL MAKE A SPLASH THIS SUMMER
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.