Esplanade upgrade child’s play

AFTER being closed for a few months for renovations, New Norfolk’s Esplanade playground has reopened and been given the thumbs up by kids.

While it was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Ben Shaw and Liberal Senator Claire Chandler last week, the real seal of approval came from the O’Conner family on Sunday.

Joseph 5, Xavier 4, and two-year-old Viviane O’Connor of Lenah Valley dropped in to inspect the playground after a short holiday at Maydena.

Fascinated by the water feature, it was unanimous it was the best part of the playground.

“The water goes down this and under the bridge, we want to make a river,’’ said Joseph.

Senator Chandler said the Esplanade revitalisation project had breathed new life into the area along the River Derwent.

“New barbecue facilities, shelters and outdoor furniture will be put to good use by family and community groups planning a day out on the river, especially in the warmer months ahead,’’ Senator Chandler said.

“The installation of fitness equipment and an all-abilities children’s playground means people young and old can keep active and stay healthy.”

Mr Shaw said the delivery of the project would provide ongoing benefits to New Norfolk and broader Derwent Valley residents.

“We thank the federal government for their continued financial contributions and support in revitalising what really is the jewel in our crown the banks of the Derwent River,” Mr Shaw said.

“This funding has enabled us to provide a fun, safe and inclusive space for all residents and visitors to enjoy now and into the future.”

Additional project works included the upgrade of existing pathways, additional lighting, landscaping, replacement of street furniture, and the extension and upgrade of the car park. The makeover cost $500,000.