Project Update: Adventure playground expansion

Have you seen the amazing new Flying Fox at the Colin Spragg Adventure Playground on Eaton Foreshore?

Construction zone fences were removed on Friday and it wasn’t long before local children moved in to test out the exciting new facility.

The installation was part of a $200,000 Council project to expand the playground and as well as the flying fox, includes shade sails over the playground and a shelter over the accessible barbecue.

Installation of the shade sails is expected to be completed by Council contractors this month.

The project was initiated last year by the anonymous donation of $50,000 towards expansion of the playground.

The remaining funds were achieved through:

  • Lotterywest Grant of $82,300. (The WA Government, through Lotterywest, supports community projects like this one, helping to build a better WA together)
  • $2,500 contribution from Lions Club of Eaton for shelter over the new accessible barbecue
  • $65,700 in funds remaining from the Eaton Foreshore & Boat Ramp Facility Master Plan – Stage 2.

The playground was named in honour of former Shire Clerk/Chief Executive Officer, the late Colin Spragg who served the community in his Shire of Dardanup role for 26 years and had a passion for ensuring families and children in the Shire of Dardanup were able to enjoy the outdoors.

A sign featuring the full playground name was unveiled onsite at a small ceremony in 2017.

Completion of the Colin Spragg Adventure Playground expansion follows the opening just before Christmas of the $100,000 stage one of a new playground at Peninsula Lakes in Eaton.

Funds were allocated for Stage 1 in Council’s 2018/19 Budget following approval from Planning Minister Rita Saffioti to use part of $150,000 paid to Council by Parkridge Group in 2011 for improvements to public open space.

It is planned that a total of $300,000 will be spent on the playground over three years with external funding support being sought for Stage 2 to include rubber softfall and shade sails.