Horsham's May Park gets new equipment

PLAY SPACE: Horsham Rural City Council has installed new all-abilities equipment at the city's May Park. Picture: ERIN WITMITZ
PLAY SPACE: Horsham Rural City Council has installed new all-abilities equipment at the city's May Park. Picture: ERIN WITMITZ

WIMMERA children now have more access to play equipment with a new playground at Horsham’s May Park now open.

The park was closed for most of August to allow for the installation of new all-abilities play equipment.

The new equipment includes a basket swing, sensory and imagination play panels, talk tubes, musical chimes, a see-saw and a balance beam.

Horsham Rural City project officer Jessica Leslie said the upgrade looked great.

“We were delayed for about three weeks with the upgrade because we were hit with all the wet weather,” she said. “The rain particularly held up the concreting, which was a hassle, but we can’t help that.”

Mrs Leslie said the upgraded playground had already been put to good use with lots of children having a go. “There are new paths that will make it easier for parents and grandparents, especially with prams,” she said.

“Hopefully everyone gets enjoyment out of the playground.” Mrs Leslie said the wagon and climbing frame that was previously in the park would return.

“It is definitely coming back, it is just being touched up at the moment,” she said.

“There is also some edging and gardening works still to do as part of our regular maintenance of May Park.”

Mrs Leslie said council ran a number of surveys to guide its decision on the playground. The new equipment was selected in consultation with the Horsham Special School, Noah’s Ark, Horsham District Kindergarten Association and the Wimmera Disability Access Forum.