New shade provisions for 90 local playgrounds

New shade provisions for 90 local playgrounds

Monday, 1 June 2020

Penrith Council is set to invest millions towards shade provisions for 90 playspaces within the City.  

Commencing this month, the three-year program will see Council upgrade 90 playspaces with trees and other shade structures.   

The program forms part of a shade assessment that was completed in 2019 as part of Council’s Shade Facilities at Playspaces Policy. The assessment noted 90 playspaces that required additional shade to enhance the experience for adults and children using the space while beating the heat during our summer months.   

Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said playgrounds are at the heart of our neighbourhoods and should be accessible for everyone, all year round.

“With sun protection and UV radiation a major concern in Australia, we’re proud to have taken this important step in providing extra sun protection for our community,” Cr Fowler said.   

The shade structure works will take place on a rolling schedule and during normal business hours between Monday to Friday. Residents will still be able to use the playspaces on weekends and public holidays.

The shade materials meet Australian Standards, provide specified UV blockout ratings between 97-99%, minimise heat conduction and allow appropriate airflow. 

The tree planting program will be delivered during times of optimal growing conditions throughout the three-year period. Not only will they provide a long-term shade solution, the trees will deliver additional benefits including biodiversity, habitat and reduced noise pollution. 

The project is part of Council’s Cooling the City strategy, designed to improve the liveability of our City and help us beat the heat.  

For more information, visit the Playspace Upgrades page.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 1 June 2020.