Parklea parents pumped for new playground

PLAYGROUND RETURNS: Councillor Moninder Singh with Sumar Singh, 2, at the new playground in Davison Reserve, Parklea. Picture: Blacktown Council
PLAYGROUND RETURNS: Councillor Moninder Singh with Sumar Singh, 2, at the new playground in Davison Reserve, Parklea. Picture: Blacktown Council

After waiting more than a year, families finally have a new playground to enjoy at Davison Reserve.

Parklea is the latest suburb to benefit from the council’s ambitious plan to open an average of one new park every two weeks this financial year.

The latest work is a $126,000 upgrade to the reserve on Satinash Street, between Sunnyholt Road and Sentry Drive.

The previous playground at the reserve was removed in June 2016 after it reportedly become unsafe. Work started on its replacement in March this year.

The new play equipment features a flying fox, basket swing and hut with climbing walls, as well as new seating, bins, an improved bridge and additional shrubs.

The flying fox and bucket swing were both chosen as part of the final design based on feedback from people living within 400 metres of the park.

Ward one councillor Moninder Singh said the community engagement gave residents “a real sense of ownership over their park”.

Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali said Davison Reserve was one of six parks to get a facelift in recent months.

“Playgrounds are vital to our community. They contribute to our lifestyle, and provide valuable spaces for children to play and learn,” Cr Bali said.

“Blacktown City has recognised this importance by allocating funding to upgrades for several parks across the city.”

Greenway MP Michelle Rowland also contributed $13,000 toward the upgrade.

“Playgrounds and parks remain at the heart of many local communities, providing spaces for residents to gather together and for our little ones to play,” Ms Rowland said.

“I congratulate council on creating a wonderful play space locals will enjoy for many years to come.”