This new swing set accommodates people of different needs and abilities.Jason Hamling
Are you wondering where you can take your children this winter school holidays?
Look no further.
Children will be swinging back to popular play areas at Cook Park and Lake Canobolas after Orange City Council wrapped up its installation of new play equipment.
Orange mayor Reg Kidd said the closure of many public spaces due to COVID-19 was an opportunity for council to make timely improvements to facilities.
"We're using this downtime to improve our infrastructure," he said.
"It's great to see some of these upgrades already serving the people of Orange, such as this new outdoor play equipment."
After three weeks of installation, the swings at Cook Park have been replaced with a new six-seat swing set fixed on a smooth rubber surface.
There are different types of swings available including three standard swings, a toddler swing and a carer-and-child swing where they can swing together facing each other.
There will also be an inclusive 'boat' swing and a hammock-like swing, which is for people with mobility challenges but has been designed to be accessible for people of all abilities.
The new $70,000 equipment was installed by contractor Creative Recreational Solutions.
Council's sport and recreation committee chair Jason Hamling said the new equipment would enable a greater diversity of users.
He said the new swing set accommodates people of different needs and abilities.
"It is a great addition to the recreational facilities of our magnificent park," Cr Hamling added.
Out at Lake Canobolas, a 3.5-metre-high 'birds nest' swing has been installed in the play area on the western side of the lake.
The swing is also set into a rubber base, while a new concrete pathway leads to the swing and nearby covered barbecue area for people of all abilities to access the facilities.
People using outdoor play equipment are reminded to follow COVID-19 public health orders including washing your hands before and after using the equipment, wiping down equipment before and after use and maintaining physical distancing of 1.5 metres from people you do not live with.
Council chief executive officer Dave Waddell said it's up to every parent and carer to think through what's involved in going to one of our playgrounds.
"We have playground equipment in more than 30 community neighbourhood parks, as well outdoor gym equipment and the three skate parks," he said.
"Our staff are simply not able to sanitise this equipment after every person uses it."
Cook Park and Lake Canobolas are open every day from early morning until dusk.
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