‘Leafy suburb’ hope for Retreat

2015-12-15 06:00
Ward councillor Kevin Southgate has a go on the roundabout with local children at a park in Eighth Avenue, Retreat, where new gym equipment has been installed.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate has a go on the roundabout with local children at a park in Eighth Avenue, Retreat, where new gym equipment has been installed.

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The installation of gym equipment in a park on Eighth Avenue in Retreat has improved the attractiveness of the public open space.

The new additions to the park were requested by the ward councillor for the area and funded through his ward allocation budget.

Along with the new equipment, trees were also planted to beautify the space.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate says he spoke to residents who were happy to see the change and committed to water the trees.

“With time we too can have our own leafy suburb. Together we can do more,” he says.

Southgate says it is important for residents to take responsibility for the park.

“It is good to know that there are residents who live directly opposite the park who will keep a close eye on the activities and ensure the safety of children,” he says.

He adds there are many parks where the equipment is broken, but children still socialise at the parks, although they can easily fall into a trap of antisocial acitvities.

“I wanted to ensure that the equipment is fully functional so that we do not have children sitting around at the park and later being approached by opportunistic criminals who lure them into antisocial activities. It is important for children to enjoy their youth by providing them with a safe environment to play,” he says.

Southgate says the installation was done a few weeks ago.

“The park is open to locals, all residents from surrounding areas and anyone who enjoys the outdoors,” he says.

The park used to have about four pieces of play equipment for children, but with the gym equipment children can now try something different.

“There are a number of young people who now come to the park along with their parents to try out the equipment, so parents no longer have to sit and watch their children – they can now join in on the fun,” he says.

“There are other play equipment for children, but the gym equipment just adds another dimension,” he says.

“The park is fairly safe and the community is filled with people who take responsibility for their own properties and one can see it in the way they care about the appearance of the park,” he says.

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