Elderslie water play park one step closer

Camden councillors will vote on the construction of the region’s first water play park at next Tuesday’s council meeting.

The new playground will be built at Curry Reserve, Elderslie.

Council originally allocated $1 million for the project but costs have since doubled to just over $2.4 million to include wheelchair access and heated water.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak told the Advertiser earlier this year that it was clear there was strong support for an inclusive water play space, suitable to people of all abilities.

“It is important that the park is functional, attractive and enjoyable to a diversity of people for it to be a real asset to the community,” she said.

“Engaging with residents at each step of the project is important to ensuring that everyone is involved as the plans progress.”

The recommended style of water play park includes three play zones for all ages including a toddler zone, 36 play features including a toddler’s ‘discovery stream,’ a capacity for 176 users, shade sails covering two thirds of water play area and zero depth water.

The water play park will be free for residents to use and will also include additional car parking and an upgraded amenities block.

The project will include wheelchair accessible play equipment and change facilities including adult change hoist, waterproof wheelchairs and storage.

Water will also be heated at the site to improve comfort and extend the season from just the summer school holiday period to include spring and autumn holidays.

The water play park will be completed in time for use this coming summer.