Play spaces plan aims to increase fun factor

Kaylee Taylor, 5, at Towradgi playground, one of 155 play spaces in the Wollongong local government area. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Kaylee Taylor, 5, at Towradgi playground, one of 155 play spaces in the Wollongong local government area. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong City Council will decide on Monday night whether to adopt its Play Wollongong Strategy, which would manage children's play access across the city.

The strategy aims to increase play opportunities in areas with high levels of social disadvantage.

It also seeks to increase weekly play space use, along with community satisfaction and awareness of play spaces.

The 10-year strategy, which focuses on 0 to 12-year-olds, was on public exhibition in March and April.

Following submissions, it was amended to consider access to play spaces via cycleways.

One submission suggested connecting the strategy to the council's bike plan.

"Connecting our play spaces to our cycling network provides the opportunity to create tours of play places," it said.

"It is important to cross-reference our strategies to ensure we don't miss opportunities to build a more liveable community."

Courtney Vest, from Corrimal, said Towradgi Park was the best place to play for her five-year-old niece.

"I'd like to see bigger parks, more like this one," she said.

"It encourages the kids to get out in the sun."

There are 155 play spaces in the Wollongong local government area.

Over the next four years, about $1 million a year will be needed to effectively maintain them.

The current budget towards play spaces is $535,000 a year.

The proposed capital budget for 2014-15 recommends an increase to address the funding shortfall.

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