Kobi, 7, and Layla, 3, McKenzie, of Lismore, enjoy the new play equipment at Heritage Park.
Kobi, 7, and Layla, 3, McKenzie, of Lismore, enjoy the new play equipment at Heritage Park. Marc Stapelberg

Fire-damaged playground gets shiny new slides

IT WAS smiles all around for Lismore newcomers Kobi and Layla McKenzie, who got to be the first kids to make their way down Heritage Park's new slides.

The two old slides, as well as a climbing ramp, soft-fall, timber fence and retaining wall, were burnt down in a vandalism attack on July 15 which caused $50,000 worth of damage.

 

The new, polished replacements were opened to the public yesterday.

Kobi and Layla, who moved to Lismore just two days ago, have already visited the park twice.

Kobi said he hopes to visit many more times, maybe even "every day of the week!"

Heritage Park Miniature Railway owner, Brian Grey, said he was thrilled to see the park return to normal.

"People have said they are just not coming because the slides aren't here," he said.

"It has had a big impact on my business.

"We hope to see it being well used again over the Christmas holidays."

Lismore City Council open space assets coordinator, Martin Soutar, said staff were pursuing ways to help improve surveillance and security in the park.

"We've lifted up the trees to allow for better surveillance, to get more vision into the park," he said.

"We're still looking at other options.

"For now, we are just happy to see the equipment back up and running for the summer holidays."

Ms Soutar said it was a huge disappointment to see one person's thoughtless acts costing the community so much money, and local kids a safe place to play.



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