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Come out to play!
Published: Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Image for Come out to play! The children of Kensington have patiently watched through the safety fence.

First the fence went up, then the old equipment was removed, and the colourful new playground began to take shape.

Now, the smiling faces and happy squeals of laughter tell the story! The newly upgraded John Calopedos Memorial Playground, nestled under majestic fig trees near Kensington Oval, is a big hit with the local kids.
Randwick Mayor Councillor Tony Bowen said the new playground is great news for local families.

“As a father of energetic young children myself, I know how valuable good quality local playgrounds are in our community. My boys gave the new playground a work out last weekend and it got the thumbs up. The bike path was a big hit as well,” the Mayor said.

“For families, playgrounds are not just places to take the children to have a run around; they are significant social hubs, and places for people to connect.”

The $210,000 Randwick City Council revamp included brand new see-saws, specially built embankment slides, swing sets, softfall and rock climbing walls, and an already much-enjoyed extension to the bike track with signage to help kids understand road rules.

The work has also included by extensive native landscaping, seating, and a new shade structure.

The local community shared their ideas on the design of the new playground through Council’s comprehensive community consultation earlier this year, and were closely involved in the design of the new playground.