Playground welcomed

RESIDENTS in Emmadale Park will finally receive the recreational and playground area they have been calling for.

Ian Watts has lived in the area for about five years and said the news the council would finally build a recreational area for the community was very welcome.

"I think it's absolutely tremendous,'' Mr Watts said. The $163,000 plan will see basic play equipment complemented by shade structures, a half basketball court, footbridge and paths.

Mr Watts said at present the only place for children in the area to play was on the road, a safety issue.

This concern also led to a petition over road safety being tabled to the council by residents in the area.

The council went through a lengthy consultation process in planning for the development, with letter box drops and information booths to gain feedback from the community.

Carl Hamann has lived in the area for three years and said the public consultation was good in providing the council with further ideas.

About 600 pamphlets were delivered to letter boxes in the area, which was followed up with council officers providing face-to-face consultation at the site over two days.

Mr Hamann said while the park area was needed, the planned footbridge across to the Kin Kora and Telina areas was also a high priority.

The development will take four years to complete, with the council to investigate other additions including a cricket pitch and skate park.



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