THE Yanco community has shown what a little team work and campaigning can achieve.
Last year the small town, led by Frances Porter, lobbied council to create a splash park at McCaughey Park.
Residents wanted somewhere to cool down if they couldn’t get to the Leeton pool, as well as having the facility accessible to those with a disability.
On Saturday their wish was officially granted when the splash park was opened by mayor Paul Maytom.
Featuring four pieces of equipment – a water willow, a water dome and two water cannons – the splash pad was installed by Leeton Shire Council and Griffith-based company, Total Creations.
In his opening address, councillor Maytom acknowledged those who had spearheaded the project and thanked the Yanco Hall Committee, Yanco Lions and local business Milbrae Concrete for contributing to the cost of the splashpad.
Calling it a “showpiece for Yanco and Leeton”, Cr Maytom said it was sure to be very popular with residents from across the shire, as well as visitors to the region.
“Today has been a delightful family day out on some many fronts,” he said.
“McCaughey Park had long been a popular park and this new splashpad is a cherry on the top.
“I think we will see the park become an even busier hub for the local community to gather and for kids to have loads of fun.
“What I really love about this project is that it shows what can be achieved when community groups, businesses and council come together with a shared vision and all lend a hand to get the job done.”
Council’s manager open space and recreation, Josh Clyne, and his team oversaw the project design and installation in consultation with the community and have made sure the facility is inclusive.
“A disabled carpark is being prepared in the car park and a new concrete footpath will make it easy for people in wheelchairs to also enjoy the splash pad,” he said.
Topping off the day was the delicious catering from the Yanco Public School P&C and the Yanco Lions Club, which was enjoyed by all.
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