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OUTDATED: Woodward Park will receive upgrades.

OUTDATED: Woodward Park will receive upgrades.

Woodward Park is among the recent successful recipients of a grant through the SA Healthy Towns Challenge.

Local resident Abby Zubrinich said support from the council, kindergarten and parents is what made the funding possible.

"The kindergarten mums and I heard about the challenge and thought lets give it a crack," she said.

"The Port Pirie council were extremely helpful and did everything they could to help us win the challenge".

"Woodward Park is a great park and means a lot to the community, but it is very outdated and there is wasted space."

Upgrades to the park will encourage young children to enjoy outdoor physical play through the development of a nature-inspired playground co-designed with local children, parents and carers.

Facilities will also include a bike track for young children and a half-court basketball court.

"The playground will have something for everyone including a viewing platform for adults so they can watch the children play and interact outdoors."

The upgrade will be promoted widely through community groups to increase use and contribute to the improved physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children and their families.

The SA Healthy Towns Challenge - Partnering for Children's Wellbeing 2021- 2023 is the latest phase of the program which provides grants for regional and rural towns to develop preventative health programs within their community.

Successful projects will receive up to $250,000 in grant support over two years and were selected based on the following criteria:

  • support infrastructure (construct and/or upgrade) for children and families in their communities,
  • support children and families in the community to feel more connected and active,
  • collaborate with community organisations with expertise in supporting health and wellbeing outcomes for children and their families,
  • support with co-investment through funding and in-kind contributions to the project, and
  • implement and fund (at least 10 per cent of the total budget) a robust evaluation plan measuring the success of the project.

A meeting will take place this month between the grant applicants and governing bodies involved in the project.

"Depending on contract availability, we are hoping to see some movement and changes in the next 6-12 months," said Abby.