Kitchener Park in Gunnedah is set for a major upgrade to include an inclusive playground.

Designed by Stewart Surveys, the new playground will include accessible ramps, an inclusive swing set, new connecting pathways to the amenities block as well as a barbecue and shaded seating area.

The project is jointly funded by the NSW government and Gunnedah Shire Council through the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s ‘Everyone Can Play Grant Program’.

The program aims to assist councils in designing and constructing or upgrading existing play spaces to be more inclusive and accessible.

“The vision is to create a vibrant, welcoming, safe and accessible environment that offers opportunities for children to further develop their physical, cognitive, sensory and social skills,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s director of infrastructure services Jeremy Bartlett said.

Kitchener Park is located at the eastern end of Conadilly Street and once completed will complement the Livvi’s Place Inclusive Playground in Wolseley Park at the western end of Conadilly Street. Livvi’s Place as opened in 2019 and includes a flying fox, a koala tree house, sensory garden, soft fall and accessible seating.

“This will ensure that locals and visitors have access to all abilities play spaces at two high- profile locations and entry points to the Gunnedah central business district,” he added.

Daracon has been awarded the project that is due for completion at the end of 2023.

An artist’s impression of the new inclusive playground to be built at Kitchener Park.

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