Draft strategy to plan play spaces in Orange for the next 15 years

Orange Council

Orange City Council has developed a draft strategy to plan the provision of play spaces for the city until 2040.

Councillors voted to place the draft Orange Play Strategy on public exhibition for community comment at its meeting on June 4.

The playground at Jaegar Reserve, Hill Street.

Orange City Council Sport and Recreation Committee Chair, Cr Tammy Greenhalgh said the aim of the strategy was to provide the best possible play facilities for the children of the city.

“Orange has a diverse range of playgrounds across the city, however, as the population grows additional play spaces will be required,” Cr Greenhalgh said.

“Play is important for the healthy physical, mental, social and emotional development of children, and the importance of encouraging our children to be active has never been more important.”

“Providing for play is one key service Orange City Council can offer to encourage outdoor activity and promote better health for our children.”

“This strategy will ensure we provide new playgrounds where they are needed most, as well as replacing existing ageing playgrounds, while also being cost effective for Council to provide and maintain.”

Orange currently has 38 playgrounds, in three size hierarchies: local, district and regional, which is comparable with other regional cities and towns.

The draft Orange Play Strategy is available on the YourSay Orange website.

Residents are invited to read the draft strategy, complete the short survey and share their opinions and comments in the feedback box. Submissions close at 5pm on 5 July 2024.

Following the submission period, the draft Orange Play Strategy will be reviewed, amended as required and referred to a future Council meeting for adoption.

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