A council program to renew playgrounds across Sutherland Shire couldn't have come at a better time.
Parents and children are enjoying and appreciating the play facilities more than ever after they were closed for two months to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The upgrading of two more playgrounds was completed during the shutdown, with work at another five continuing and close to being finished
The completed upgrades are in Henry Lawson Reserve, Como West and Koolangarra Reserve, Bonnet Bay.
Renewal projects are close to completion in Beauford Park, Caringbah South, Ascot Place Reserve, Miranda, Salmon Haul Bay Reserve, Cronulla, Berrima Street Reserve, Heathcote and Mansion Point Reserve, Grays Point.
Turriel Bay Road Reserve playground in Lilli Pilli was the first to be renewed in 2019.
Projects are also planned for Woronora Road Reserve, Engadine and Freya Street Reserve Kareela.
Other playground projects, which are not part of the renewal program, have also been completed during the year at Bonna Point, Kurnell, South Village, Kirrawee and Acacia Road, Kirrawee.
An upgrade of Dianella Street Reserve playground, Caringbah is nearing completion and construction will also shortly commence on a new local playground at Mathers Place Reserve in Menai.
Mayor Carmelo Pesce reminded residents and visitors only 10 people can be in a playground at one time under social distancing rules.
Cr Pesce said the council regularly reviewed feedback from residents on playgrounds and carried out community consultation on a range of play and recreational opportunities.
"We had a considerable number of residents contribute their preferences for both the play equipment type and the location of our renewed Mansion Point Reserve Playground in Grays Point through council's online engagement platform," he said.
"Caringbah residents were also able to contribute to the design to upgrade the Dianella Street Reserve and playground by attending drop-in sessions and completing an online survey. "