Playground damage annoys council

Council tells off parents

Last updated 12:55 25/09/2012
OFF-LIMIT: The playground was fenced off for refurbishment in August but it appears some families couldn't wait any longer to get in.
BRUCE MERCER

OFF-LIMIT: The playground was fenced off for refurbishment in August but it appears some families couldn't wait any longer to get in.

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Families playing on a fenced off playground at Hamilton Lake have caused some minor damage, prompting a telling off from Hamilton City Council staff. 

The playground was fenced off for refurbishment in August but it appears some families couldn't wait any longer to get in and use the equipment. 

Parks and open spaces unit manager Sally Sheedy says on Sunday a contractor discovered the 2m high fence around the playground had been opened in two places.

"The area, which had been fenced off for health and safety reasons, was full of parents and children using the new equipment which was not quite ready for use.

"In terms of damage to the playground, yes there has been some – the newly applied paint on the old concrete cars and boats has been damaged as it was not dry, so we’ve had to arrange for the paint to be reapplied, which was not part of the original budget for this project.

"The concern for us is that the members of the public took a major risk entering the work site: there were a number of post holes which had been dug and which were large enough for a child to fall into and potentially injure themselves.”


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