Ashby: City of Wanneroo swings in to build Elton Park playground early

Macy Gallagher (7-Ashby) with Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Linda Fortin (City of Wanneroo project manager), Ryan Healy,Kyron Ashboth and Joseph Pavey -Smith from Phase 3 Landscape Construction. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Macy Gallagher (7-Ashby) with Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Linda Fortin (City of Wanneroo project manager), Ryan Healy,Kyron Ashboth and Joseph Pavey -Smith from Phase 3 Landscape Construction. Photo: Martin Kennealey

SEVEN-year-old Macy Gallagher’s dream of having a playground to meet and make friends is being realised.

The City of Wanneroo is starting construction of a small combination unit and basket seat swing at Elton Park in Ashby two months ahead of schedule, to the youngster’s delight.

Macy and her mother Maggie contacted the City last year to enquire about the possibility of play equipment being installed at Elton Park as none was within walking distance of their home.

“Macy doesn’t have any friends who live locally and she would often say she wished there was a playground nearby where she could meet some new friends,” her mother said.

The City acknowledged that the area would benefit from a children’s play space and there was budget available in the its playground installation program, so it created concept designs.

It asked the Ashby community for feedback and 83 per cent of people who responded said the playground would be a welcome addition to the area and they would be happy to see their children or grandchildren enjoying the park.

The council approved the playground last October, and construction starts this week, with completion expected by April.

“As a City we are committed to providing facilities that encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for our residents and this playground will benefit our younger residents as well as their families,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.