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Kelly Park playground upgrade revealed

By Kevin Kelly

Community projects are valuable initiatives that can provide opportunities for members to come together on something they'll all get to enjoy. Such projects are common in our neck of the woods, one of the many reasons Bunbury real estate owners love living here.

A recent example of this is the soon-to-be updated Kelly Park playground; the design has finally been revealed and construction is due to begin over the next few months. If you're a resident of Carey Park, this is one of the many things in the area to look forward to in the coming months.

A collaborative design process

Who better to act as consultants for the project than the children who'll be using the park themselves? Carey Park Primary School students were asked to submit their ideas for the playground. There was also an opportunity for other community members to visit a pop-up booth at the park, where suggestions on the design concept could be given. Once all parties had their say, the City's Landscape and Open Space team worked in tandem with the playground equipment manufacturer Proludic to develop a concept of how the playground could look.

Funding for the project came from both the Bunbury City Council and the state government, to the tune of $200,000 and $90,000 respectively. The state government's contribution came from the Local Projects, Local Jobs program, an important initiative that allows community development to continue to thrive.

What's new in the playground?

Landscape and Open Space manager Kristy Tillett said the children expressed a preference for a mix of colourful and modern designs, alongside more natural elements.

"Students provided valuable feedback which was then used to compile a list of must-have items with the most popular requests being a flying fox, slide, nature play and a toddler zone" Ms Tillett said.

The final list of equipment to be installed at the playground includes popular classics alongside some new innovations: a pod swing, talk tubes, a flying fox, swings, rainbow chimes, nature play and a carousel that's wheelchair accessible.

Site preparation will begin in late April, with the playground expected to be completed in the final week of May. The community in

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