Option Two is officially the winning design for the new playground to be installed at Chaffey Park, with votes from local residents collected online and at Manilla’s primary schools last month. The playground is the first project to be delivered as part of Tamworth Regional Council’s Chaffey Park master plan.
The new design includes a four metre activity net, smaller climbing structure, rope spinner, four bay swing, car rocker, gears panel and play hut as well as a playpark system including a step bridge and two slides. In response to community feedback received, two additional inclusive swings have been added to the winning design to ensure Manilla’s disabled community is also able to enjoy the new play equipment.
The new equipment is expected to be installed under the cover of new shade sails by June 2021, weather permitting. Residents can view the winning design at https://haveyoursay.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/chaffey-park-playground
Peter Resch, Director Regional Services said “We are thrilled that so many Manilla residents took the time to vote for their favourite design and give feedback, with an amazing 1158 votes received.”
“We hope everyone in the local community enjoys this great new addition to Chaffey Park”, he said.
Bollards will also be installed along the riverbank to protect against erosion in the coming weeks, as the beautification of the riverbank was identified as a priority for the local community in previous Chaffey Park consultation.
A master plan for Chaffey Park was adopted in April 2020, which aims to develop the park into a central sporting precinct over the next five years. More information about the master plan can be found at https://haveyoursay.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/chaffey-park-manilla-masterplan
The new Chaffey Park playground is one of the projects funded by the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Infrastructure Program, developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tamworth region will benefit from $6 million in total to be spent improving local infrastructure under this funding program. In the first phase of funding, our region was allocated $2.65 million, with a further $3.41 million received under the program’s second phase.