$100,000 park upgrades
WORK has started on the upgrade of three parks around the Gympie region this week.
Each of the parks - Wes Mitchell Park at Tin Can Bay, MacDonnell Park on the Southside and Stephen Learoyd Park on McIntosh Creek Rd - will each have major upgrades, with works expected to be complete by late November.
The play equipment at Wes Mitchell Park will be replaced to accommodate more children.
Two older pieces of play equipment will be replaced with a 6m high rope climbing net, a three-bay swing set and a separate swing frame for toddlers.
The play equipment at MacDonnell Park will also be replaced and additional shade trees planted.
The existing equipment is spread over two sites and most of it is old and beyond repair.
The new equipment will be located together, with trees planted to provide shade in coming years. The location of the old equipment will be turfed.
The works at Stephen Learoyd Park will provide a different type of park for Gympie, with a strong focus on the environment.
The old playground equipment there will be removed and new native plants planted to encourage small birds and animals.
Park visitors will be able to enjoy bird watching as the park will include grasses and seeds for small birds and habitat boxes for improved breeding.
The old toilets will be removed as the public toilets at nearby Echelon Park are better.