Laughter returns to local playgrounds

By Olivia Duffey

Deniliquin’s parks have been filled with the laughter of keen youngsters ready to play on the equipment.

To them, it has felt like an age since they were allowed to play outside with Coronavirus restrictions closing all playgrounds at the beginning of April.

But stage one of easing restrictions meant that as of Friday, May 15, outdoor equipment could be used with caution.

Edward River Council had its parks and playgrounds reopened by Sunday.

Deniliquin’s Deanne Stevens said she was pleased to take her children out again.

‘‘It is great to see our parks open and being utilised by families,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s been fantastic to get out of the house and let the kids run around, play, explore and interact with other children.’’

Her five year-old and three year-old daughters, Mia and Emme Booth, were excited to visit Scott’s Park, affectionately known as the ‘Rocket Park’.

‘‘It is exciting. I wanted to go on the zip line and see my friends because it is so much fun for me,’’ Mia said.

‘‘I like going to the park and going on the swings. It is so much fun on the swings,’’ Emme added.

More Coronavirus related restrictions are expected to be eased in coming months.