George T Fisher Playground gets $200,000 boost

FUN TIMES: Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy is also a caring mother and gives son Levi a helping push on the swings at the playground.
FUN TIMES: Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy is also a caring mother and gives son Levi a helping push on the swings at the playground.

Stage 2 of the upgrade of the George T Fisher Playground in Victor Harbor will be in construction in the 2020/21 financial year after an application to the state government has been approved. Council applied for $100,000 in funding from the Open Space Grants Program and been advised this application was successful.

The detailed design of the George T Fisher Playground includes the non-removal of the iconic train and the creation of a mounded play area with slides, climbers and pathway connection to the foreshore.

Construction is expected to occur in February 2021.

The $200,000 Stage 2 upgrade follows the success of the Stage 1 in 2019 and City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy said the playground now has the funding to finish the project.

"The George T Fisher Playground is a great place for families to come and enjoy being active," Ms MacKirdy said.

"It is a place for young and old to come and they will love it."

In 2018, council carried out extensive consultation on the design for the George T Fisher Natureplay Playground.

Initially the intent was to complete the full playground in one stage however initial costings suggested this would mean leaving out many elements that the community were passionate about.

The project was instead split into two stages.

In September 2018 council endorsed the concept design for George T Fisher Playground.

The updated project design for Stage 2 was discussed with Elected Members at an Informal Gathering held in April 2020.

The designer Peter Semple Landscape Architects answered questions from Elected Members on various elements of the design.

The major elements for Stage 2 include a 1.5 metre high mound with slides and climbing wall, which received strong support during the consultation.

There is also a connecting pathway between Flinders Parade and the Foreshore Promenade, providing greater connectivity from Railway Terrace and defining the boundary between the play space and the Soldiers Memorial Gardens.

The design for Stage 2 also includes several interactive sensory play items and additional seating and tables in the younger children play space on the paved area adjacent the train.

City of Victor Harbor elected member Nick Hayles supported the design of the George T Fisher Playground.

City of Victor Harbor elected member Nick Hayles supported the design of the George T Fisher Playground.

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