One of Strathalbyn’s most-loved playgrounds will receive a $110,000 upgrade, with new play equipment and a new hill slide, ready for the next generation of youngsters.
The Lions Park playground, in the heart of town, hosts equipment that was installed in 1999 and is now reaching the end of its structural warranty period, prompting Alexandrina Council to replace it.
Access will be restricted around the site once works begin, scheduled to start on Tuesday, July 24, and construction is expected to take around a month, dependent on weather conditions and unexpected delays.
There are alternative play grounds around Strathalbyn while the upgrades to Lions Park are undertaken, including at the Railway Station, Strathalbyn Oval, the Forrest Reserve Nature Playground, Pipers Crest on Braemar Drive and on Cobb & Co Court.
Mayor Keith Parkes said the 20-year-old playground was being upgraded as certain components were at risk of being non-compliant with the latest safety standards.
“As it’s dismantled, all the parts will be assessed and if they can be reused at a different location, we will look to do that in the future to save costs,” he said.
“This is a really popular playground, the most used in Strathalbyn, so we wanted it to have a new design and the latest equipment.”