Shovels are in the ground on the Wigley Reserve upgrade, the first of 37 local community projects funded as part of the SA Government’s stimulus package to support local jobs and businesses.
Last week the Marshall Government announced $65.5 million in funding, in conjunction with councils, to support local jobs and deliver better, greener and more open spaces for the community.
The $1 million Wigley Reserve upgrade will see the construction of a new play space and fitness hubs that will cater for children, adults and all families.
The playspace will include climbing tunnels, in-ground trampolines, swings, slides, a log climbing structure, stepping boulders and a sensory nature-trail.
In addition to the new all-ages playspace, there’ll also be a drinking fountain, bike racks, custom-built shade structure, seating, rubber softfall and 10 new stations in the fitness hub. Landscaping and partial fencing will complete the project.
Accessibility will also be a focus, with the new space offering increased opportunity to all ages, interests and abilities.
“Building 37 local projects across the South Australia is part of our strong plan to support local jobs, businesses and keep our economy strong,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
“We are delivering $1 billion in economic stimulus to keep as many South Australians in a job as possible and support local businesses during this unprecedented global pandemic.
“The 37 local community projects are exactly the kind of infrastructure upgrades that are labour intensive and delivered by local businesses.
“This upgrade is already underway, and we will continue to work with councils, who deliver these projects, to fasttrack them where possible and support local jobs.
“The Wigley Reserve upgrade will be another drawcard for children and families down at Glenelg.
“It will involve fun activities for children including log to climb on, an in-ground carousel, a tunnel slide and Viking swing.
“While the kids are playing, parents can enjoy the fitness hub that will have a 6-station mechanical gym, balance beam and parallel bars.”
Local Member for Morphett Stephen Patterson said the Marshall Government’s $500,000 contribution for the playground and fitness hub expands the family friendly activities at Glenelg.
“The new adventure playground and fitness hub at Glenelg’s Wigley Reserve will encourage people of all ages to get outdoors and enjoy one Glenelg’s most beautiful open spaces with the Patawalonga as a backdrop,” said Mr Patterson.
“The park is very accessible, with locals able to walk or ride along the coast park and will provide lasting health and fitness benefits to so many people in Glenelg and the surrounding suburbs.”