Two Bellingen Shire playgrounds to be upgraded under Everyone Can Play grant scheme – News Of The Area

This artist’s impression gives an indication of enhanced play areas and protective shade sails.

Bellingen County Council has successfully applied for funding to upgrade existing play spaces in Connell Park and Dangar Falls under the New South Wales Government’s Anyone Can Play grant scheme.

At the heart of the Anyone Can Play program is the belief that play is for everyone, regardless of age, ability or cultural background.

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It is based on the three principles of Can I Get There? Can I play? and can i stay? and its goal is to create more inclusive play spaces.

The upgrade to the Connell Park play space will take place in two stages, with the first stage due to begin in mid-March with the replacement of non-conforming play ground equipment, adjustments to the existing soft drop , the creation of natural play elements and the initial stage of an inclusive pedestrian connection.

Additional works to connect the proposed pathway around the extended play space will be constructed as part of stage two and new fencing will be installed around the space.

Connell Park Playground will close for 8-10 weeks to allow upgrade work to be carried out safely.

The Dangar Falls Reserve Playground Upgrade will see the existing playground moved further into the reserve, away from the new Dangar Falls viewing platform.

This will create more space for people to sit, admire the surroundings, enjoy a picnic under the existing shade sails, or watch the children at the playground.

New play equipment will be installed with natural elements, such as stepping stones, balance beams, boulders and a new sandstone block retaining wall around the play space.

A new pathway around the play area will improve accessibility to the barbecue shelter and equipment, while an additional shade sail will extend the shaded area.

Construction at Dangar Falls is scheduled to begin the second week of March (weather permitting) and the playground will be closed for approximately ten weeks.

For more information on the Everyone Can Play program and its design principles, visit

By Susan Kontic

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