Gregory Hills’ new park almost ready for construction

Gregory Hills’ newest playground, Howard Park “will have something for everyone”.

That’s the belief of Dart West Developments general manager David Taylor.

The Gregory Hills development company is in the final stages of securing a construction certificate for the region’s newest playground.

Mr Taylor said Howard Park would form an integral part of the Gregory Hills Town Centre precinct.

“It’s located between the new town centre and the new primary school,” he said.

“We wanted to create a space where people wouldn’t have to drive everywhere to access public facilities.”

The playground once completed will feature a basketball court, skating facilities, slides, climbing obstacles and much more.

Mr Taylor said there would be play equipment for toddlers, children and teens.

“We have an enclosed, shaded area for toddlers with a sand pit and other play equipment,” he said.

“We have one of the biggest climbing nets in the area for children aged 10 and up and we will have outdoor ping pong tables for teens.”

The 7300 square metre park will also feature a shaded seating structure.

Mr Taylor said works at the site were not far away.

“The contractor is ready to go once we have the compliance certificate so people can expect work to begin in coming weeks,” he said.

“We expect it to be completed around April or May next year.”

The new playground will complement the recently unveiled La Valla Park at Gregory Hills.

“There is a shared path for both of the parks,” Mr Taylor said.

“Where Howard Park is dynamic and modern, La Valla is a more peaceful park.

“We have left a lot of the old gum trees at La Valla and put in barbecue areas and seating amongst the trees.

“Howard Park will be a very urban park – a place to be active or hang out whereas La Valla is more of a bushland park.”

Mr Taylor said he looked forward to seeing people making use of the parks.

“They are in an ideal location, close to each other and close to the shops – the community centre and the school are close by as well,” he said.

“We expect there to be a lot of use so we wanted to create a safe and fun place for the community.”