PLAYGROUND equipment is set for a refresh with 10 popular sites earmarked for upgrades.

Douglas Shire Council awarded the Playground Renewal tender for the supply and installation of new play equipment and rubber soft-fall surfacing at this week.

The $525,000 playground upgrades are part of a $52 million package of capital works, which features 149 individual projects and additional disaster recovery projects, currently being managed by Council staff.

Works are expected to start mid-March and be completed by the end of June 2020, weather permitting.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said the upgrades would help encourage parents to take their children outdoors.

“Council identified high-priority playgrounds for upgrades from Cape Tribulation to Craiglie and we look forward to seeing local children swinging and sliding on the new equipment,” she said.

“These upgrades include new rubber soft fall areas, swing sets and play units to help further activate these fantastic recreational areas for everyone’s enjoyment.

“Council staff are managing a large capital works portfolio that has grown due to disaster recovery projects, and it is a testament to their hard work that they are also able to deliver community projects.”

In a separate project, community consultation will begin shortly on the Newell Beach foreshore and Phil Lunn Park upgrades after a design contract was awarded to LA3 Pty Ltd in December last year.

The objective of this project is to activate the park through improving layout, function and safety.

Council also recently installed new shade structures in playgrounds at Cooya Beach, Mossman and Newell Beach.

Council’s Sport and Recreation Officer Renee Ker said playgrounds play an important role in keeping kids active and developing their balancing skills, coordination and strength.

“Playgrounds also give children the opportunity to test their perception, motor skills and spatial awareness,” she said.

“In a world where children are spending a great deal of their day sitting at a desk, watching TV and playing on an iPad, a playground plays a welcome role in drawing kids outdoors and having fun; whilst supporting healthy mind and body development.”

Where are the upgrades?

Port Douglas & Craiglie

Millman Drive Reserve

  • New rubber soft fall
  • New main play unit
  • New swing set

Rex Smeal Park

  • New rubber soft fall around new swing set only
  • New swing set

Bruno Reidwig Park

  • New rubber soft fall around the junior play area only
  • New junior play unit

Mossman

Forest Glen

  • New rubber soft fall around the main play unit and swing set
  • New main play unit

George Davis Park

  • New rubber softfall around new junior play unit
  • New junior play unit

Cooya Beach

Lou Prince Park

  • New rubber soft fall around the new climbing unit
  • New climbing unit

Cooya Esplanade South

  • New rubber soft fall around the main play unit and swing set
  • New swing set

Wonga Beach

Wonga Community Park

  • New rubber soft fall around the main play unit and swing set

Bells Park

  • New rubber soft fall around the main play unit and swing set
  • New swing set

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation Playground

  • New rubber soft fall around the new main play unit and other existing fixtures.
  • New play unit
Cape Trib Playground