Bayside Council Mayor Joe Awada and Councillors took the opportunity to inspect four recently completed projects in Rockdale funded by special levies put in place by the former Rockdale Council.
"Levies funded by a Special Rate Variation can only be used for projects within the area they are collected," Mayor Joe Awada said.
"I invited my fellow Councillors to join me so they can see what has been made possible by these levies and how the money has been spent improving Council assets for the benefit of the local community."
COVID-19 restrictions have made it impossible to host any official openings but these new play areas and open green space are important for community wellbeing.
The council is continuing to upgrade and maintain assets to ensure residents have the opportunity to enjoy local outdoor spaces in this difficult time.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the new facilities but should maintain a safe physical distance and wash their hands or use hand sanitiser after using any playground equipment.
The projeccts are:
The Ador Reserve Amenities building:
The new building includes five unisex toilets and one ambulant toilet; accessible toilet with baby change facilities; two change rooms with showers and toilets; referee room; sports club meeting room; medical room; canteen; sports club storage room; and water tank.
Rockdale Park upgrade:
Includes a new water feature consisting of shallow reflection ponds and water gardens, running water, sitting edges and a bridge crossing; new playground relocated more centrally within the park and close to the amenities which caters to all age groups and includes nature play and inclusive play elements for children of all abilities; and new park furniture including seats, picnic settings, bike racks, drinking fountains, signage and a BBQ.
Chapel Street Reserve playground at Rockdale:
The playground includes new play equipment, improved accessibility, natural trails and imaginative play areas, park furniture and seating, rubber soft fall surfacing, drinking fountain, shade structure and new signs.
Thes upgrade was made possible thanks to $50,000 funding from the NSW State Government's Everyone Can Play grant scheme.
This provides playspaces where people of all abilities, cultures can access play and recreation facilities.