Burnt bot­toms be­gone

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A NEW play­ground on the Air­lie Beach fore­shore de­signed to pro­tect chil­dren from the sun and prevent burnt bot­toms is set to be a huge hit with fam­i­lies.

Stand­ing 10.5 me­tres high, the cus­tom-de­signed sky­walk play­ground by Ur­ban Play will have two sky cab­ins in­ter­con­nected by rope bridges, a climb­ing octa net and three tun­nel slides.

A Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil spokesman said the slides would be made from stain­less steel, which trans­fers heat at a low rate, to re­duce the im­pact of di­rect heat on the play­ground.

“The en­closed de­sign of the slides pre­vents the sun di­rectly hit­ting the sec­tion of the slide that the users will sit or slide on and shade sails will cover var­i­ous por­tions of the play­ground,” the spokesman said.

“Wind will, at times, con­tribute to fur­ther cool­ing of the equip­ment.”

Mayor An­drew Will­cox said the play­ground and sur­round­ing area would be a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity and a big at­trac­tion.

“We want the fore­shore to be us­able to all our res­i­dents. We want peo­ple to be able to take fam­ily there, have some fun on the play­ground and be able to sit down and have pic­nics,” Cr Will­cox said.

“The play­ground will be state-of-the-art with all the lat­est equip­ment and a very good slide.

“There’s an area at the top you can use like a look­out be­fore you go down the slide.”

Cr Will­cox said the lo­ca­tion of the play­ground and its an­gle should prevent it from block­ing any­one’s view.

The new play­ground is one of the new at­trac­tions built as part of the Air­lie Beach Fore­shore Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project.

Cr Will­cox said the en­tire area has been fenced off while power lines are re­placed fol­low­ing a num­ber of out­ages in the Ju­bilee Pocket area.

But the fence will come down pro­gres­sively as works ad­vance.

“There’s work go­ing on over the whole site. The rea­son we couldn’t do it piece by piece was be­cause when you’re lay­ing a ca­ble, it has to be done all in one hit,” Cr Will­cox said.

Other planned works in­clude 65 ex­tra sealed car parks, a multi-pur­pose sound stage, an im­proved ameni­ties block, three-me­tre-wide pedes­trian path, land­scap­ing, 143 new trees, 120 mar­ket stalls, im­proved signs and shade um­brel­las through­out.

The project is ex­pected to be fin­ished in March next year, weather per­mit­ting.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PLAY­GROUND PAR­ADISE: A 10.5 me­tre play­ground is among the at­trac­tions be­ing built at the Air­lie Beach fore­shore.

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