New inclusive playground for the Barossa24 May 2021
Tanunda Oval will be the home of a new $812,984 inclusive and intergenerational playground as part of The Big Project.
The Barossa Council this week received $330,221 State Government funding through the Places for People program and will contribute $482,763 towards the play space.
Based on nature play elements such as green space, water, light and shade, the playground will be located adjacent Bilyara Road to activate the Tanunda Recreation Park precinct.
Key features include:
- adventure play including climbing and elevated play and a flying fox
- creative play, with provision for sand and water play
- facilities for people with mobility and sensory needs to promote social inclusion
- quiet areas for reflective, sensory play
- youth activities including outdoor games
- social spaces to promote outdoor gathering and participation
- amenities including a toilet, shade and seating plus landscaping
Mayor Bim Lange said the play space has a focus on inclusion and equipment that supports all-access participation.
The contemporary design was informed by community consultation, including users of Tanunda Primary School disability unit, Council’s Disability Access Inclusion Advisory Group and other everyday users of the Tanunda Recreation Park.
“We also want to ensure people with mobility and sensory needs can participate fully in a supportive environment.
“Tanunda Recreation Park, as the central venue for recreation and sport in the town, is the perfect location and can help drive more visitation to our townships and the wider region.”
The playground delivers another element of The Big Project and follows Council’s investment in the Tanunda Show Hall, electrical upgrades and lighting for Tanunda Oval in 2019.
“In a fast-growing community, we believe this play space will genuinely improve participation, socialisation and active recreation for all ages and abilities,” said Mayor Lange.
Timber removed from Angas Recreation Park will be repurposed for use at the new site. The current Tanunda playground, which is earmarked for a junior oval as part of the Park masterplan, will be decommissioned at a later date.