Safety concerns raised about Yenda playground

With school holidays in full swing, kids from across the MIA are taking to the park to enjoy everything summer has to offer. 

SUMMER: Ella, Paige and Lucy Curran at Yenda Memorial Park.   PHOTO: Jessica Coates

SUMMER: Ella, Paige and Lucy Curran at Yenda Memorial Park. PHOTO: Jessica Coates

However, the playground at Yenda’s War Memorial Park has some residents a little frustrated.

Concerns have been raised by community members about the safety and suitability of parts of the playground, installed just a few years ago. 

Secretary of the Yenda Progress association Paul Rossetto says the playground is unsuitable for summer as shade sales that only cover half of the equipment leave a steel slide to heat up in the sun. 

“In the summer the sunshade is too small. The slippery-dip and the train are made of stainless steel and are far too hot for the kids to play on without risk of burning themselves,” he said. 

When contacted for comment, Griffith City Council advised the park was reviewed in 2014 with the consultation of the community.

“During 2013/2014 Council undertook a review of Memorial Park Yenda with community consultation sessions held with the Yenda community, including the then Councillor Paul Rossetto,” they said.

Four different sessions were held throughout the planning and development stage of the playground. 

“Works were undertaken following the consultation which saw the playground improved with the installation of shade and equipment, at a cost of $42,000. The upgrades and expenditure was endorsed by the Council.” 

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Griffith City Council's Playground Strategy was first adopted during 2013. 

President of the Yenda Progress Association Kay Pellizzer says she has also heard concerns from a number of worried parents and grandparents. 

“A lot of the equipment we have here at the moment only suits a certain age group. We really need equipment for a lot of different ages.” 

Concerns were also raised about the temperature of the sand outside the perimeter of the shade.  Mr Rossetto says the community is pushing for change. He says he’d like to see it start with the installation of more sunshades. 

“We waited so long and to see something that the people aren’t happy with is a little deflating.”