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A childhood educator says the new Rex Smeal Park playground is a much-needed space for Port Douglas families.

The playground will be officially opened by Mayor Lisa Scomazzon on Saturday 13 July.

Port Douglas C&K Community Kindergarten director Beth Treloar said, “play spaces help to create a vibrant and connected community”.

“They encourage children and parents to spend time outdoors, promote healthy lifestyles, and build stronger social networks,” Beth said.

“Physically, it enhances gross and fine motor skills through activities such as climbing, swinging, and manipulating smaller objects. Socially, playgrounds are a hub for interpersonal interaction, helping children develop skills like turn taking, cooperation, and conflict resolution.”

“We are excited to see the positive impact that the new playground will have on the children and families in our community. We hope it will be a wonderful gathering place for everyone to enjoy.”

Mayor Scomazzon said she was pleased the playground was available to children.

“Rex Smeal Park is already a great family space but the playground makes it extra appealing for young children. I look forward to seeing plenty of excited kids using the equipment at the official opening.”

The opening event is from 9am to midday and will include a sausage sizzle, face painting, kids’ entertainer and DJ.

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