Rocket gets a lift-off

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

A play­ground relic of the 1960s has re­opened af­ter a safety and de­sign makeover.

Mt Al­bert War Me­mo­rial Park, also known as Rocket Park, has been home to the tall play­ground fea­ture since it was built by the Lion’s club in 1967.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board deputy chair­woman Glenda Fryer says her chil­dren used to climb the rocket. But spac­ing be­tween the bars meant smaller kids would fall out, she says.

She’s been known to climb in there her­self to re­trieve scared chil­dren.

Rocket Park’s play­ground gear was re­vamped in 2001 but the re­design of the rocket was de­layed. Lo­cal board mem­ber Margi Wat­son says the rocket has been treated for rust and is now ‘‘struc­turally sound’’.

Safety mat­ting has been laid in­side the rocket’s four lev­els and red mesh sur­rounds the out­side to make sure chil­dren do not fall out.

Up to 35 chil­dren can fit in­side and there is space for adults to re­trieve scared kids, Wat­son says.

The project took six months but Wat­son says fix­ing the rocket in­stead of keep­ing it closed was the ideal out­come.

It ties in with plans to re­de­velop space be­hind the park to in­clude a pub­lic bar­be­cue area and a fly­ing fox, Wat­son says.

Fryer says par­ents should still closely su­per­vise chil­dren on the rocket.

A space-themed party was held on June 7 to cel­e­brate the rocket’s re­launch.


Rocket re­vamp: Al­bert- Eden Lo­cal Board’s Glenda Fryer and Margi Wat­son say the Mt Al­bert rocket is now safer for chil­dren.

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