Destination playtime at Rose Point Park with two new all abilities play zones unveiled

UNVEILING: Mark Ihlein, Councils Director Planning and Infrastructure Services Group, Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen MP, Green Space Operator Amy White, Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore and Council General Manager Jason Linnane at the new equipment in Rose Point Park.
UNVEILING: Mark Ihlein, Councils Director Planning and Infrastructure Services Group, Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen MP, Green Space Operator Amy White, Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore and Council General Manager Jason Linnane at the new equipment in Rose Point Park.

Playtime in Rose Point Park is set to be even more colourful and exciting for kids of all abilities, with the unveiling of stages 8 and 9 of the playground redevelopment on Wednesday.

Two new play zones, including a balance area and climbing challenge shaped like a rocket ship, complete with rock walls, ropes and natural play area, are equipped to improve coordination and balance levels for kids of all ages and capabilities.

The works were funded as part of an $879,820 grant from the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen MP, Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore and Singleton Council General Manager Jason Linnane were among the first to experience the new zones, which also include extra green space for families to experience nature as well as a day bed, picnic tables and additional seating.

"This is a great example of the NSW Government investing in community and social infrastructure in Singleton, which significantly improves the liveability for both locals and visitors, and for people of all ages and all abilities," Mr Johnsen said.

Cr Moore said the innovative new zones aimed to break down barriers for children with or without a disability and their families.

"Council's Parks and Gardens staff have literally thought of everything, pouring a great deal of love and fun into this project," she said.

"From the all abilities bubbler with three drinking heights and faux fire pits for imaginative play to the two extra access points for greater connectivity, including an extra gate from the car park and a gate towards the AFL fields, the play area has increased by a third.

"These upgrades, enabled by the State Government's Stronger Country Communities grant funding, demonstrate Council's vision for inclusion in Singleton, with the new zones linking the play area even closer to the sporting fields.

"These enhancements ensure that everyone in the community will be able to enjoy this fantastic outdoor facility in the heart of our town.

"It's a project that goes right to the heart of our community, and it's great to see the park already abuzz with the sounds of happy children and their families."

A custom piece for children who use wheelchairs is also on order and expected to be ready for play by Christmas.