The revitalisation of George T Fisher Playground is complete and local children and visiting families are giving the play area two thumbs up.
The newly redeveloped playground has been designed to offer children an interactive, sensory play experience within a dynamic, family-friendly setting.
The project was carried out over two financial years, with Stage 1 of the redevelopment completed in March 2019, and Stage 2 completed in July 2021.
The son of George T Fisher, Ross, visited the playground with former long time resident Bill Rawlins and said it was an honour to have his father's name associated with such a great facility.
"It is fantastic. What great recreational space for families the playground is and I congratulate the council on the project," Ross said.
City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins said the opportunity for a playground upgrade was identified in Council's Open Space Asset Management Plan and Recreation and Open Space Strategy.
"George T Fisher Playground is conveniently positioned in the heart of Victor Harbor's town centre with a backdrop of the stunning waters of Encounter Bay, so it is no wonder why the foreshore playground has attracted children and families for generations," Dr Jenkins said.
"As a council, we understood the significance of this family-friendly park from a recreation, tourism and cultural heritage perspective.
"We carried out the development to ensure this iconic play space could remain one of South Australia's favourite regional playgrounds and continue to engage and excite our local families."
Some of the new playground features that were added as part of the Stage 2 works included a 1.5- metre-high blue mound with slides, a timber climbing wall and a tunnel.
Coastal themed structures have also been installed around the park, including a penguin egg sculpture beneath the rock mound and fish-shaped hand grips on the play equipment.
Additional seating has also been incorporated within the play space to offer comfort to parents and carers who are observing children on the playground.
This redevelopment project was the first time the playground had received an upgrade since 2002.
Council secured $220,000 through the SA Government's Open Space Grant Program to assist with the cost of construction for the Stage 1 in 2019 and a further $100,000 to assist with the costs of construction for Stage 2 in 2021.
The public playground is located on the Foreshore adjacent to Flinders Parade.
Stage 1 was delivered in 2018/19 at a total cost of $496,325 (design and construction), which includes $220,000 of grant funding through the SA Government's Open Space Grant Program.
Stage 2 was delivered in 2020/21 at a total cost of $261,750 (design and construction), which includes $100,000 of grant funding through the SA Government's Open Space Grant Program.
The total cost of both stages was $758,075, with $438,075 contributed by council and $320,000 received through grant funding.
Visit www.victor.sa.gov.au to find out more about the George T Fisher playground redevelopment.