It’s a new park that has attracted national attention for two very good reasons.
The first is that Warragamba civic park offers a twenty-first century play space that caters for people of all ages – and abilities.
And, secondly, its location, a stone’s throw from Warragamba Dam.
It means people who would normally visit the dam now have an extra reason to do so, especially if they have children with special abilities.
The $1.5 million civic park was opened last weekend and according to Matthew Deeth, the mayor of Wollondilly Shire – which contributed the lion’s share of the cost – it was the result of people power.
Cr Deeth said the new play space was the outcome of 10 years of Warragamba community lobbying.
When all levels of government as well as the Touched by Olivia Foundation responded by providing the funding needed, it finally became a reality, he said.
“The community has driven this project and they are pleased it is complete,’’ Cr Deeth said.
“This park will promote social inclusion and encourage physical activities for improved local community wellbeing.’’
The space comes with a variety of play equipment, including sensory items to stimulate one of a person’s five senses.
It also caters to people who are frail and has a fenced play space for children.
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor, who attended the official opening, said the civic park and play area at Warragamba was an important community facility for the Wollondilly area.
“This inclusive play space supported 35 full-time jobs during construction and creates two ongoing roles,” Mr Taylor said.
Deputy NSW premier John Barilaro, who was represented at the opening by Wollondilly MP Nat Smith, said the new facility would encourage greater participation and revitalise the Warragamba town centre.
“The new play space will attract more tourists, families, children, older Australians and people with a disability, boosting the local economy through extra spending in local businesses,” Mr Barilaro said.
The Federal Government contributed $350,000 towards the project, with the NSW Government $360,000, Wollondilly Shire Council $770,000 and Touched by Olivia Foundation $15,000.