Warringah Council wants to remove 21 park playgrounds from its area for financial reasons. Could this be the kind of decisions which would be made by a new mega-council too?
See article below and more in the Manly Daily 20 June, 2015
TWENTY-one park playgrounds could be removed for financial reasons in a move which could be tough to explain to toddlers.
Warringah Council has proposed 10 playgrounds be removed and 11 follow at the end of their useful lives as part of its draft Open Space Strategy.
There are 135 public playgrounds across Warringah. Many were created in the ’60s and ’70s during a population boom and land subdivisions.
In its proposal, the council said many were ageing, which meant increasing maintenance and replacement costs.
A review would aim for sustainable maintenance, and an equitable distribution of playgrounds, the council said.
The idea hasn’t found favour with locals close to the facilities, such as the Duncan Reserve playground at Terrey Hills.
Resident Lloyd Pearce said all the reserve had left was swings.
“They look in reasonably good condition and it’d be a shame to lose that,” he said.
“There are more and more kids gathered round Terrey Hills now than a few years ago.”
Michael Troy of Belrose had similar concerns about children losing the Karina Reserve playground.
“Several new families have entered the street, and more will enter as older ones move out,” he said.
“There is no reason to remove the playground.”
A spokeswoman for the council said it was happy to talk to residents about their concerns and encouraged them to make submissions on the draft Open Space Strategy when it goes on exhibition in August.