Ninja upgrade plan for playgrounds

Published 4:00pm 7 December 2021

Ninja upgrade plan for playgrounds
Words by Nick Crockford

Playgrounds in North Lakes and Mango Hill may be given a Ninja upgrade.

That was one suggestion from Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Division 4 Jodie Shipway in a bid to broaden the age range of playground users.

“I find kids around 10-15 years old get a little bit lost at our playgrounds at the moment,” Cr Shipway said.

Looking for more

“When we go to the park, my eight-year-old is happy, but my 12-year-old son is looking for more to do.

“I was thinking with the popularity of Ninjas-style courses, there’s an opportunity using the Local Community Infrastructure Program which each councillor has.

“I’d like to embellish my parks with something that caters for the 10-to-15-year-olds.”

Cr Shipway said Blatchford Recreation Reserve, in Murrumba Downs, is getting a pump track thanks to the work of former councillor Denise Sims.

Ninja upgrade plan for playgrounds

Pump track

Pump tracks are circuits of rollers and banked turns for riders generating momentum by up and down (pumping) movements.

“I just need to give council officers time to source the equipment and approve it. It obviously has to be to a good standard and safe,” Cr Shipway said.

Ninja courses are designed to test agility, speed and strength over a variety of obstacles.

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