Corrigan’s Variety Inclusive Playground Update

The playground is now finished. An official opening ceremony will be held in Late April 2019. See here for announcement.

The Bay Push Inc. committee thanks everyone in this very special community of ours to make such a project a reality. The final addition to the playground is an honour board which will acknowledge those people who contribute financially.

Play Equipment

Included are:

Carousal. Swings including a wheelchair swing. Parent and Child swing and sets of extra standard swings. Round-about climbing pyramid. Rocking horses (3). Covered sandpit. The great balance challenge. Monster climbing dome. Jungle bars. Flying foxes (2). Ball sports. BBQ tables, electric BBQ’s, picnic tables and plenty of covered relaxation spaces.

What’s next?

During the 5 year course of the playground project we heard much support for a kiddies Splashpad.

What is a Splashpad?

According to Wikipedia;

A splash pad or spray pool is a recreation area, often in a public park, for water play that has little or no standing water. This may eliminate the need for lifeguards or other supervision, as there is little risk of drowning.

Typically there are ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the splash pad’s raindeck. There may also be other water features such as a rainbow (semicircular pipe shower), or mushroom- or tree-shaped showers. Some splash pads feature movable nozzles similar to those found on fire trucks to allow users to spray others. The showers and ground nozzles are often controlled by a hand activated-motion sensor, to run for limited time.

Typically the water is either freshwater, or recycled and treated water, that is water treated to at least the same level of quality as swimming pool water standards. These splash pads are often surfaced in textured non-slip concrete or in crumb rubber.

Andrew Constance supports the grant funding. This requires a DA or a letter of exclusion from a DA from the local council.

We need your support

Eurobodalla Council in the past, has not been in favour a splashpad at Batehaven. They thought it may compete with the proposed water park which will form part of the Mackay Park aquatic centre. The proposed Mackay Park water park will have a modest entry fee to partially offset the expense of the aquatic centre.

It is not possible to apply for a grant without the permission of Council. We need to show Council that there is strong community support in favour of the Corrigan’s Reserve Splashpad.

It is not possible for us to apply for a grant without the permission of the Council

The proposed water park at the new Mackay Park precinct is at the centre of Batemans Bay. It’s a great paid entry community resource styled on an adventure playground. The water park will feature water slides and a large tipping water bucket.

But on the basis of location, admission price and equipment type, it will not be suitable for or benefit all children, especially those with profound disabilities.

An even better playground

The splashpad proposed for installation adjacent to the inclusive Variety Inclusive Playground will be low impact. It will include a water filtration system with ground based water jets, foot operated water spouts and a rainbow channel. It will feature solar heating to extend the season for its use. No pools means no life guard presence is necessary. It would be free entry to all.

We’ll be in touch shortly about WHAT YOU CAN DO to show support for the Corrigan’s SplashPad 🙂

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