Flying fox adds thrill to new Eden Hill playground

Bassendean Mayor Renee McLennan with her son Xavier and daughter Elliot.
Bassendean Mayor Renee McLennan with her son Xavier and daughter Elliot.

FROM a flying fox to a basketball ring, Eden Hill families can now enjoy the newly-constructed playground at Mary Crescent Reserve.

The playground was officially opened on February 16, following a 16-week construction period completed by contractor Phase 3.

Main features include a new swing, climbing structures, a sand pit, flying fox, basketball ring, barbecue, water fountain, a shaded picnic area and new plantings.

The existing play equipment, such as swings and a slide, have been retained.

Bassendean Mayor Rene McLennan said the highlight of the playground was the flying fox.

“The flying fox will soon have provisions for younger children and those who are less physically able with a harness seat being installed in addition to the pommels for older children,” she said.

“This will allow a wide range of ages and abilities to experience the thrill of this feature.

“Users of the playground have access to the toilets at the adjacent Alf Falkner Hall.”

Cr McLennan said in recent years, a growing number of young families have been drawn to the area.

“With backyards shrinking in size, the importance of having inspiring, outdoor play spaces is therefore becoming increasingly important,” she said.

“Our shared open spaces such as Mary Crescent Reserve also serve as an important hub for community connection, which is enhanced by the presence of quality facilities.”

She said the Town was also looking to progress the plans for a regional playground at Sandy Beach Reserve, with construction anticipated to start in 2020.