Henderson Oval is the proud owner of a new, all-inclusive playground as part of a joint venture between Griffith City Council and the NSW Department of Planning's "Everyone Can Play" program.
The new upgrade brings in new play equipment and shade cloths, as well as more seating and an extended pathway.
Much of that new seating comes from trees recently removed from Jubilee Oval and repurposed into seating. Adding a colourful touch to the new seats are the painted handprints from local primary school students, personalising the logs for the future with some local history.
The project represents a $125,000 investment from Griffith City Council, including $50,000 from the state government to "ensure people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds can play."
Councillor Simon Croce, who lives in the area, said that he hoped it would bring more visitors to Yoogali and described the park as a 'hidden gem.'
"I think it's great for the whole community, all of Griffith. It's not just for Yoogali."
Henderson Oval is named after Roy and Millicent Henderson, who were both dedicated to the community around Yoogali and championed many causes dear to their hearts. Their descendants also came out for the opening, and were pleased with the upgrades to the park in their name.
Roy Goslett, grandson of Roy and Millicent, said that he was pleased with it.
"It's very good, excellent actually. For the amount of money they spent on it, it's beautiful."
"I like the big sign they've put up, it's a good blend of old and new," said Marilyn Hams, another grandchild of the Henderson's.
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