Parks & Recreation

All cleaned up! Riverside playground ready for families and residents to return

Published: 25 Nov 2022 11:58am

Wagga Wagga’s destination playground at the Riverside Precinct has reopened after being inundated during the recent back-to-back flooding events.

Thespecially designed playground stood firm against the moderate flood in early October and the major flooding event at the start of November.

Council staff began clearing the playground once the flood waters from the Murrumbidgee River receded from the site, with the cleaning and disinfection process completed by the crew this week.

Strategic Asset Planner (Parks and Recreation) Ben Creighton said staff were keen to get the job done so families and kids could return to having fun.

“The main task this week has been tidying up all the mud and sediment around the play equipment, and replacing the mulch which washed away,” Mr Creighton said.

“We’ve power-washed the playground area and equipment, and disinfected them from flood water, cleaned the amenities building and reconnected it to power.”

The Wagga Beach car park, barbecue facilities and events infrastructure remain closed.

“In the short term, it is about reopening the play equipment and the amenities so that families can come down here and enjoy what is a great space,” Mr Creighton said.

“Council’s very thankful for the community’s patience while our crews worked to return the playground to safe standards, and we invite everyone to head down and enjoy the safe and fun area.”

While the Wagga Beach car park is closed, motorists are asked to park at the CSU Riverina Playhouse and walk down the levee path to the playgrounds.

In addition, please be wary of grassy areas which are still muddy from the water, and use the footpaths instead.