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June 18, 2024

Playtime is on again at Waterlily Park

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Too much fun to be had at Waterlily Park in Ocean Shores on Sunday. Photo ‘Not Enough Time to Play’ Dawson

Children in the Ocean Shores area didn’t care that the playground at Waterlily Park was upgraded because of a $418,608 grant from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

They also didn’t give two hoots about the in-kind support and complementary open-space and resource recovery projects from Byron Shire Council, or that council also invested in an outdoor exercise gym.

All they cared about was playtime on Sunday and they flooded the reopened space with gusto!

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson surrounded by happy children. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson said the space was a wonderful example of a project that started with some local residents seeing huge potential for improvements at their local park. ‘Waterlily Park is now a child’s dream play area with an amazing treehouse, rope climbing nets, a see-saw and slippery dip.

‘This playground is about kids being kids – getting away from their screens, getting outside in the fresh air and using their imaginations.

‘One of the best features of the upgraded park is the installation of an “all abilities” flying fox which allows children with disability to experience the thrill of moving through the air,’ said Mayor Richardson

‘The Ocean Shores community should be very proud of this park, and thanks must go to the hard-working members of the Waterlily Park Playscape committee who have worked alongside Council staff to realise this dream.

But on Sunday, the kids didn’t care what the Mayor had to say. It was playtime!

Photos Jeff Dawson

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