Groovy play space encourages active lifestyle for youth

For 12-year-old Peregian Springs twin sisters Emily and Hannah Azzopardi, Sunshine Coast Council’s newly upgraded play space is the perfect spot to hang out after school or on the weekends.

“Having our own skate park in Peregian Springs means we can ride our scooters close to home without having to ask mum or dad to drive us somewhere else,” Emily said.

“I like that it has really bright colours and artwork, which makes it a cool place to spend time.”

Hannah said she planned to meet her friends on-site to enjoy a game of netball or basketball.

“It’s awesome. You can either play sport or relax with your friends or family. I think kids of all ages are going to love spending time here.”

The second and final stage of the Peregian Springs Multipurpose Active Play Space included new skate elements, pathways and landscaping, to complement the existing basketball/netball court and barbecue area.

The project occurred as a result of the Peregian Springs community requesting a new play area for older children to be active outdoors.

Sunshine Coast Council Division 9 Councillor Maria Suarez said the upgraded healthy, smart and creative facility was a welcome addition to the area.

“I know lots of local families have wasted no time and were using the play space as soon as the construction mesh was removed,” Cr Suarez said.

“I’m pleased to say they have given it the thumbs up and I encourage anyone who hasn’t checked it out to do so soon.

“I am sure plenty of happy memories will be made there.

“It’s a great location to take the kids for a barbecue on the weekend while letting them ride, skate, scoot, play and explore.”

Cr Suarez said active play offered young people a wide-range of benefits, allowing them to engage in exercise and boost their wellbeing while having a great time.

The Peregian Springs Multipurpose Active Play Space is located at 222 The Avenue, Peregian Springs.

Parents and carers are reminded that due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendee numbers are limited at playgrounds and strict social distancing must be followed. Stay 1.5 metres apart and stay at home if you are unwell.

COVID-19 hygiene is everyone’s responsibility. Council cleans public facilities regularly, however, if you have concerns, please clean and disinfect first and wash your hands before and after use.

Image: Peregian Springs twin sisters Emily and Hannah Azzopardi have given the new play space their tick of approval.

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