Clarence Valley Council last week set up a stall at Shoppingworld, seeking “ideas on how to develop a modern park and playground” at Jacaranda Park, which is the valley’s designated regional playground. Phase 1 of the park’s redevelopment is due to be completed this year at a cost of $140,000. The council adopted the Clarence Valley playground asset management and playground policy, which outlines how to “provide, maintain and develop children’s play and recreational facilities” throughout the valley, in August 2015. The council’s works and civil director, Troy Anderson, said in a media release that the council was keen to get as many ideas as possible. “We want this park to be fun, modern and safe – a special place for families,” he said. “Jacaranda Park will be one of our premier parks and we have formed a working group [chaired by Cr Jason Kingsley] to help with a concept design. “It is to include a regional playground, public amenities, landscaping and public park furniture, and will help promote a safe, active and healthy community.” Deputy mayor Craig Howe (currently acting mayor), who was on hand at the stall, said that “things that come out of this consult may inform future consultations on other parks”. Cr Howe said a “few 100 children and parents” engaged with the stall over the two days at Shoppingworld. “It was very successful, I think, at this stage,” he said. “The children put stickers on what they were interested in on the pin boards, which had photos of different play equipment, and the parents filled in a survey. “It’s logical to ask the people who play on the equipment what they want; from the parents there was a common theme for shade; and fencing around the park [play area] was a big one.” Cr Howe said consultations on Jacaranda Park would continue until early March. “Some working group members will approach local schools as part of the design process,” he said. For further information contact Gavin Beveridge on 02 6640 3500 or email email@example.com. People can also write to council with their ideas.