Heathcote playground refurbishment to keep it a family hotspot, according to City of Melville


City of Melville project coordinator Ian Davis with Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey at the refurbished playground at Heathcote.
City of Melville project coordinator Ian Davis with Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey at the refurbished playground at Heathcote.

A $650,000 refurbishment of the adventure playground at Heathcote will see it remain a popular family hotspot for years to come, according to the City of Melville.

The pirate ship park was closed for about 22 weeks last year so tired elements of the 17-year-old facility could be attended to.

Included in that were upgrades to support structures hurt by decay, uniformed decking and new platforms that appear as small islands within the softfall sand.

With a replacement playground likely to have cost the City about $4 million, Mayor Russell Aubrey said a refurbishment – itself a job which saw the entire playground propped while a new concrete foundation was laid – was value for money and meant the park would be re-opened sooner.

He admitted it “probably developed into a bigger task than (we) could have imagined to start with” but said the benefit to the community was worth it.

“There is a big demand for playgrounds of this calibre in this area so it’s delightful to see it working out so nicely and we look forward to it being here for the long-term,” he said.

The Applecross facility was re-opened at the end of December.

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