Fairies, fairy tale characters and superheroes joined forces on Wednesday, January 18 and helped Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane to officially declare Fairway Drive Park “open to the public”.
The new playground, the latest addition to Kellyville and the greater Hills region, was celebrated by community members and more than 60 children dressed in their best magical costumes during a Fairy Tales and Superheroes themed party.
Budding crime fighters, pint-sized magic users and popular book characters tested the $327,508 all ages playground which included bespoke stepping logs, balance beams, challenging man-made hills, a slippery dip, nest swing and a tepee during the park opening.
Mayor Keane said the new park was a continuation of Council’s commitment to providing vibrant open spaces across the region.
“Our parklands and reserves are designed to bring families, friends and communities closer together, as well as create memorable and lasting moments,” Mayor Keane said.
“We are working hard to ensure residents and families have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or their ability.
“Fairway Drive Park is just one example of the work we are doing in The Hills to create vibrant, fun and safe places for residents and visitors.”
Along with the “going back to nature” inspired playground, Council retained the recreational facility’s open grass spaces so parkgoers can enjoy a picnic or a barbecue, relax and read a book or play games on the half ball court.
Final elements of the overall design comprised of a pathway which can be used by those looking to exercise or children learning to ride scooters or bikes in a safe environment.
Mayor Keane said with increasing numbers of families moving into The Sydney Hills each day, Council was always looking towards the next playground project.
“Currently, we are looking into designing our very own Livvi’s Place all abilities inclusive playground at Bernie Mullane Reserve which will breathe life into the area and be used day-in and day-out by children of all abilities,” Mayor Keane said.
“We’ve completed upgrades at Ashley Avenue Reserve in West Pennant Hills and a park at Edna Brown Reserve in Dural.
“I’m looking forward to taking my two children, Asher and Saskia, down there for an afternoon of fun during the school holidays and I urge all parents and guardians looking to explore the greater outdoors to check out our range of parks which include recreational facilities near waterways and those with a rich historic past including Heritage Park.”