Alkimos playground repaired following fire damage

Grace (8), Gordon (6), Amiyah (8), Jai (4) and Renee enjoy having full access to the playground back.
Grace (8), Gordon (6), Amiyah (8), Jai (4) and Renee enjoy having full access to the playground back.

CHILDREN are back playing on slides at an Alkimos park following repairs to arson damage.

Playground equipment at Picasso Park has reopened four months after the structure was deliberately set on fire.

A burnt slide at Picasso Park in April.

Alkimos Vista developers Lendlease and LandCorp had to close part of the playground when the damage occurred a week after the $3 million park opened in April.

Local families have been looking forward to using the playground again and Alkimos Beach resident Renee Benett said her children Grace (8) and Gordon (6) really loved the park.

“They’ve been hanging out to be able to play undercover,” she said.

Vista resident Casey Dixon and her children Amiyah (8) and Jai (4) were big fans of the facilities at Picasso Park.

“We love the park, it’s got shade and barbecues and we come to the basketball court as a family,” she said.

“Now that the play equipment is re-opened, our kids will be on it every day.

“It’s good to get them out in the sunshine.”

Ava (8), Hayley, Renee, Gordon (6) and Grace (8) on the repaired playground structure.

Lendlease WA development general manager Anthony Rowbottam thanked people for their patience and said it was good to see them using that part of the park again.

“Residents and locals have been waiting patiently for the play structure to re-open,” he said.

The Sprout community hub has also reopened in the park after shifting from Alkimos Beach, and is open Thursdays to Sundays from 10 to 2pm.