New playground a hit at Lucky Bay | PHOTOS

The new Lucky Bay playground which was installed in late 2020 has been well received by the community following a busy summer period.

The playground has been in use since early December and officially opened in January, with locals and visitors enjoying the structure during the festive season.

The Lucky Bay Shack Owners Association received grant funding of $58,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal for the playground project, in addition to $38,000 from Variety SA and $35,000 from the Franklin Harbour District Council, while raising $20,000 and providing $13,500 worth of in-kind support.

Association president Sue Chase said it was a true community effort to complete the playground project and that feedback was positive.

"The playground has been usable since early December and has been used so much," she said.

"It is great to see the kids enjoying it, especially since the weather wasn't the best for beach activities for the first two weeks from Christmas.

"Part of the purpose of the playground was for it to be a place for kids to meet other kids there, and it has been a real meeting point."

Ms Chase said the shade covering the structure was still to be installed and would hopefully be completed by the end of February.

The area had been lacking playground equipment for about three decades and Ms Chase said the new facility helped to bring people together.

"It gives kids another avenue to enjoy themselves," she said.

"When the weather is good for swimming the kids enjoy that, but if the weather is not good, or if they are finished swimming, they have another place to go.

"We had a lot of people at the opening on January 8, which was attended by Rowan Ramsey, we had music, stalls, bouncy castles, and it was a great fundraiser for us too."

She said the shack owners would like to have something similar each year to bring people together.

The association is now hoping to set up a paved area with a shelter and barbecue that will give locals and visitors, both adults and children, a chance to enjoy a day by the water.

They are raising money through an engraved paver fundraiser and Ms Chase said the goal was to have the new area completed before next summer.