Play­cen­tre counts on help

Central Leader - - News -

The Eden-Ep­som Play­cen­tre needs help over­haul­ing its out­door play­ground to meet safety reg­u­la­tions.

Play­cen­tre vol­un­teer and par­ent Car­men Law­son says the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion needs to find $90,000 for the three-stage project.

“We’re hope­ful this first stage will go ahead next month but we need $18,666 right now to fund it.”

The project will in­volve re­plac­ing a high fort struc­ture with a multi-use gazebo, adding a roofed deck for year-round use and re­shap­ing the sand­pit so it’s safe and func­tional.

A na­ture trail is planned at the en­trance and con­crete ar­eas need to be cov­ered with safety mat­ting. Ex­ist­ing mat­ting must also be re­placed.

“The work is de­signed to last long term and be low main­te­nance so the project will ben­e­fit lo­cal fam­i­lies for decades more,” says Ms Law­son.

Mem­bers have con- trib­uted $30,000 to­wards de­sign fees and coun­cil per­mits and $30,000 has also been re­ceived from grants but the up­grade is ex­pected to cost more than $150,000.

“Usu­ally gam­ing trusts as­sist com­mu­nity causes like play­cen­tres how­ever in this eco­nomic cli­mate they are strug­gling to find the funds.”

Peo­ple will­ing to do­nate time or money can call Ms Law­son on 6239290.

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