Park life strife at play

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Ring fenced: Part of playground at Ballam Park sealed off from public. Pic: Gary Sissons

SAFETY concerns have delayed the opening of part of a redevelopment of the Ballam Park playground.

Frankston Council says a contractor has been ordered to make several modifications to “the senior playground area” at Ballam Park since materials used “will not last the test of time” and are not fit for purpose.

The modifications will not be at ratepayers’ expense.

“Council is committed to ensuring the safety of all playground users and will work with the contractor to complete all required modifications identified,” the mayor Cr Brian Cunial said.

“This is an unfortunate situation and we apologise for the inconvenience this has caused, as we know many families and visitors regularly fill Ballam Park to enjoy time together.”

Part of the playground is closed off while works continue.

The $1 million Ballam Park upgrade is part of a municipality wide plan to install “high-quality” playgrounds for youngsters.

A $300,000 revamp of Keast Park in Seaford was completed in October last year.

About $900,000 is being spent on improvements to the Frankston Waterfront playground and $600,000 worth of works are being done at the George Pentland Botanic Gardens playground.

Part of the Ballam Park playground will remain open while the contractor carries out the safety modifications.

First published in the Frankston Times – 3 April 2017

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