CONSTRUCTION of Tamworth’s largest and most unique playground is edging closer to reality.
Tamworth Regional Council is expected to rubber stamp the final report before the end of the month, enabling ordering to begin.
But a backlog of H4 treated timber, which will comprise most of the massive playground, means building will not be able to start until May or June next year.
The playground, which will be located in Marsupial Park, will have a native animal theme and will not be average by any means.
It will cater for toddlers to teens and parents alike, with about 46 components including a number of swings, slides, tunnels and other colourful kid-friendly equipment.
And it will be big – about two thirds of an acre or thereabouts, according to project co-ordinator Charles Impey.
It has been four years since Mr Impey first broached the idea of an adventure playground with councillor Helen Tickle after the Adventure Playground in Orange caught his eye.
“We were missing out here,” he said.
“We don’t have a regional playground and Tamworth kids deserve it.”
Since the steering committee was given council’s initial support back in 2010, it has been thrown a few curve balls due to Australia’s tough safety standards, but the group has risen above the compliance challenges.
And Mr Impey is taking the latest hiccup surrounding the timbre in his stride, saying it will give him more time to fine tune the logistics of the build.
Local businesses and community members have drummed up most of the $320,000 raised for the project so far, with the federal government pitching in and council offering “a little bit too,” Mr Impey said.
Fundraising pavers, which can be engraved with children’s and family names or business logos for posterity, are still on sale over the counter at council or New England Mutual, both on Peel St.
About 1000 volunteers, from builders through to mums and dads who are handy in the garden, are needed to help with the construction phase of the project that is expected to last about six days once a start date has been established.
Mr Impey said he had no doubt that, once complete, the playground would become one of Tamworth’s major attractions.
“Along with the trains and animals (at Marsupial Park) the playground is going to be an absolute mecca for families and tourists,” Mr Impey said.
“It will cater to all needs.”
Those interested in volunteering can call Mr Impey on 0428 000 021, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit tamworthadvertureplayground.com