Work to provide protection from the harsh sun in Forster and Tuncurry playgrounds will begin in early September.
Weather permitting work erecting shade at Palmgrove Park, Forster and Lone Pine Park, Tuncurry will begin on Monday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 10.
The parks will be closed on both days while posts are erected while the shade cloth will be installed a month later with minimal disruption to playground users.
"The community has been calling for shade protection on playgrounds across the Mid Coast region," liveable communities director, Paul De Szell said.
"We have listened and are pleased to be partnering with the NSW Government in delivering welcome relief from the summer sun over our playground equipment."
The community has been calling for shade protection on playgrounds across the Mid Coast region.Paul De Szell
The playground shade program is funded through a $550,000 NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund grant.
Playgrounds at Central Park, Wingham and Coolongolook Oval also are included in the program for later this year, while the installation of playground shade at Allan Park, Stroud has just been completed.
"Construction is also well underway on the region's first inclusive play space 'Livvi's Place' at Fotheringham Park in Taree.
"That project will include shade over the new play space."
MidCoast Council manages 86 playgrounds across the region, with 10 identified as high use/regional parks, and the remainder either categorised as high use district parks, or lower use neighbourhood parks.
Council has a plan for playground upgrades which focuses on maintenance and providing structured or natural shade over playground equipment and improving accessibility to play equipment.
Over the last year, playground equipment upgrades have been completed at Palmgrove Park in Forster, Limeburners Creek, Billabong Park in Gloucester and Providence Bay Park in Hawks Nest.
New playgrounds were completed at Nabiac, including a small cycle loop, and at Gordon Smith Reserve in Harrington, partnering with the Harrington Lions Club.
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