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New Play Equipment for Playway Park

One of Mount Isa’s favourite parks, Playway Park on Railway Ave, will be getting new play equipment this week, with installation work to be carried out on Wednesday, February 20.


Mayor Joyce McCulloch said council crews will replace the park’s existing equipment, which had to be removed after falling into a state of disrepair due to acts of vandalism and age.


“Council is responsible for more than 55 parks and open spaces, so it is a considerable strain on ratepayers to maintain them all, but Playway Park is certainly a favourite with many families and exercise groups, so it is wonderful to see these upgrades happening,” Cr McCulloch said.


The equipment will be sheltered by shade sails as part of the installation and will include an area to the north-east of the park to house a play station, and a separate area along the eastern boundary fence to accommodate a set of swings.


The replacement equipment has been budgeted at $35,000, while the new shade sails will cost about $22,000.


A new fence will be constructed along part of the eastern boundary to provide privacy and safety.


The project had been planned to begin earlier, however the delivery of the play equipment was delayed by recent road closures due to the floods.


A second stage of works will follow, including an upgrade of park lighting and the installation of CCTV cameras that will stream coverage of the park to the Mount Isa Police Communications Centre, as well as a revamp of the toilet facilities.


Planning of the new works for the popular park have been based on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles.