Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

The Clifton Park Na­ture Play Area is open ahead of sched­ule due to high lev­els of com­mu­nity in­ter­est to use the play­ground be­fore its of­fi­cial open­ing.

Har­vey shire coun­cil­lors Wendy Dick­in­son and Amanda Lovitt took a test ride on some of the new fa­cil­i­ties on Thurs­day to see what the fuss was about.

“This part of Aus­tralind has needed re­de­vel­op­ment for a long time,” Cr Dick­in­son said.

“Coun­cil al­lo­cated funds to this be­cause the com­mu­nity has been ask­ing for it.”

Cr Lovitt said the up­graded play­ground had proven pop­u­lar to peo­ple from sur­round­ing ar­eas as well.

“It’s bring­ing peo­ple from all over be­cause it is such a great park,” she said.

Shire ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of tech­ni­cal ser­vices Rick Lotznicker said the $186,000 Na­ture Play Area was a com­po­nent of the coun­cil’s $470,000 Ur­ban For­est Project that would be im­ple­mented over sev­eral fi­nan­cial years.

“The el­e­ments in­cor­po­rated in the Na­ture Play Area were ex­ten­sively re­searched and the play area was con­fig­ured as a cir­cuit for chil­dren to fol­low,” Mr Lotznicker said.

“Over a dozen ex­ist­ing ma­ture trees were in­cor­po­rated in the play area foot­print to pro­vide shade and com­ple­ment the nat­u­ral feel of the play area.

“The area was mulched and planted with wa­ter wise na­tive plants.”

Pic­nic ta­bles and seat­ing will soon be in­stalled at the park

Fur­ther works over the next fi­nan­cial year will in­clude im­prove­ment works to the Lucy Vic­to­ria Av­enue car park­ing area in­clud­ing ad­di­tional con­trol of ac­cess, seat­ing and pic­nic fa­cil­i­ties in and around the new play area.

There will also be im­prove­ments to the Old Coast Road en­trance, carpark and path­way, ad­di­tional land­scap­ing and seat­ing, as well as fu­ture toi­let fa­cil­ity.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Har­vey shire coun­cil­lors Wendy Dick­in­son and Amanda Lovitt test out the new play­ground at Clifton Park.

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