IT’S all systems go for construction of Tamworth’s largest playground after council approved the purchase of materials needed to build the unique facility.
The immense native-themed playground at the Tamworth Marsupial Park will span about two-thirds of an acre and feature 46 components, including several swings, slides, tunnels and other colourful kid-friendly equipment.
At the December 10 ordinary meeting, council passed a unanimous motion giving the Tamworth Adventure Playground committee the green light to establish a construction date, commence ordering materials and build the playground.
Similar in design to the Adventure Playground in Orange, the majority of the facility will be built out of timber.
People of all skill levels, from basic handymen and mums and dads to fully fledged builders and tradespeople, are being encouraged to sign up to the community building event, which is anticipated to take place during a week-long period in mid-2014.
After more than four years of planning, project co-ordinator Charles Impey said he was looking forward to seeing the “dreams of children” come alive.
“We can now order all materials, including timber, manufactured components such as slides, swings ... and a host of other parts and materials we will need to complete the playground. There is a delay on the timber, due to the significant quantities and the non-standard thickness and lengths we require,” Mr Impey said.
“While this is an unfortunate delay, it will allow the playground committee to better plan and prepare the community for the construction.”
More than $270,000 has been secured to fund the project, $103,464 of which was obtained through community fundraising, but there is a funding gap of about $14,000.
Personalised name pavers and name pickets are still available to buy, as are a small number of component sponsorship and industry paver arrangements, Mr Impey said.
Those interested in volunteering or purchasing pavers can call Mr Impey on 0428 000 021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org