Playtime in Singleton is colourful and exciting for kids of all abilities — with the brand new Riverside and Rose Point Park playgrounds abuzz with the sounds of happy children.
For travelling families with a full itinerary, a stop at the playground can feel like more work than fun. Unless you’ve happened to stumble upon one of the world’s greatest playgrounds. Thanks to the playful imaginations of innovative architects, the days of squeaky seesaws and drab jungle gyms are giving way to outrageous designs and accessible environments that spark young imaginations.
There are two standout playgrounds in Singleton’s town centre that will delight the entire family Singleton — Riverside Park and Rose Point Park All Abilities Playground — are also Singleton’s newest destination playgrounds.
Recently named the best playspace in NSW (>$0.5million) at the 2019 Parks & Leisure Australia NSW/ACT Awards of Excellence, Riverside Park has proven to be a hit with children of all ages with an adventure playground offering towers, a rope bridge, slides and a splash pad.
As well as being a destination for families, this project supports the transformation of John Street into a premier lifestyle precinct for singleton, and also strengthens the town’s historic relationship with the river.
Parents are able to sit back and relax at the park kiosk, while the state-of the art playground, including skywalk, climbing towers, three slides, splash pad and rock climbing wall is a highlight for kids of all ages.
Even in the BINS in this park are state of the art – with the BIG BELLY SOLAR WIFI bins with COMPACTOR functionality.
Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Planning and Infrastructure Services, said the title of best playspace was due recognition for the amazing result we can now see on John Street.
“Singleton is becoming known for our incredible public outdoor playspaces, and the new Riverside Park is without a doubt the jewel in the crown,” he said.
“Our parks team does a great job in making sure the park is in the best condition for when our little people come to play.
“We are thrilled with the outcome of all of our playground projects, and most importantly thrilled to see children enjoying being outside and putting the facilities to good use.”
Rose Point Park, located off Ryan Avenue in Singleton’s CBD, has recently undergone an almost $900,000 upgrade across five stages, and with a design centred on inclusion and safety.
Council’s Manager Infrastructure Services Damian Morris said the upgrades ensure everyone can enjoy this fantastic outdoor facility in the heart of Singleton.
“This innovative play space aims to break down barriers for children with a disability and their families,” he said.
“Recently undergoing an almost $1million refurbishment, there have been some really exciting new additions, including a new climbing challenge, sensory garden, balance beam and graduating spinning and rocking equipment — one of which is a first for a public space in NSW.
As well as a space for families of all abilities, Rose Point Park playground also ensures that people of all ages feel as though they belong.
“The space allows adults to sit and chat, which is an obvious enormous benefit. Not to mention if mum and dad are happy, kids get to stay and play longer,” Mr Morris said.
“This playground goes right to the heart of our community — demonstrating Council’s vision for inclusion in Singleton, and we are really excited to have created truly unique playspace — a place where everybody, no matter their level of ability, can enjoy.”