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Sharing the Playground

Sharing the Playground
Redcliffe Guide - Jun 01, 2017 12:46
Pilot project expands school playground to entire community

In a first for the region, Moreton Bay Regional Council partnered with Humpybong State School to complete an exciting new shared playground now available for both students and the wider community to enjoy.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said while a fence and locked gate partition the rest of the school, the innovative pilot project’s new playground is accessible to the broader community outside of school hours through a gate from Margate Parade.

“The Margate community has been telling council they’d love to see new spaces for children to play along the Margate foreshore, but it had proven difficult to locate a new site large enough,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“In a first for our region, council has joined forces with Humpybong State School to deliver a new $180,000 playground on the school’s existing foreshore area which will not only benefit their students but can be opened up to the whole community outside of school times.

“The playground delivers exciting and challenging play equipment for children of all ages including climbing structures, spinning tops, slides and swings, and is a fantastic outcome for all young people in this area.”

Councillor for Division 6, Koliana Winchester, said the pilot project is a great example of what is achievable when a local community band together.

“The new shared playground will be a fantastic new asset for our community, which both school students and all young families in our community can enjoy,” Cr Winchester said.

“The playground delivers more than 150 different activities including a large timber climbing frame, forts, slides, spinning tops, swings, hopscotch and undercover seating areas.

“A big thank you to Humpybong State School’s P&C Association for partnering with council to deliver a project which will not only benefit their students but our entire community.

“This is a great example of the fantastic community outcomes we can achieve when we work together.”

The Humpybong Shared Playground has been delivered in partnership between Moreton Bay Regional Council ($160,000) and the Humpybong State School P&C Association ($20,000).