The newly imagined, futuristic playground features barbecues, shade sails, picnic shelters, trees and new garden beds. Local artists have provided the artwork that makes the playground an even nicer place for the kids.
Philip Ruddock, Hornsby mayor, and Matt Kean, the New South Wales minister for Energy and Environment, joined together to launch the upgraded playground in Waltara Park. Kean said that he is glad that the State Government helped realise the project and added that the playground is a big achievement for Hornsby Shire Council. Furthermore, he said that this upgrade will enable everyone, no matter the age, ability or cultural background to enjoy the new playground.
State Government backed the upgrade by $600,000.
Kean finds that open spaces are important to all people, and it enables them not only to enjoy their neighbourhood but also to be happy and healthy. He believes that the playground in Waltara Park is well-designed, safe and accessible. Kean also mentioned that the “Everyone Can Play” initiative will deliver up to $20 million, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by councils.
Fiona Morrison, the New South Wales commissioner of Open Space and Parklands, said that there are more than 1.3 million people in NSW that live with added needs or a disability. She believes that every playground and open space in parks must be available to all citizens, no matter what their level of ability is.