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Swinging time...Pippa Chamberlain pushes Finn Breen and her sister Grace on the saucer swing one of the new features of the revamped Hamilton Park playground. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Praise is ramping up for the new $95,000 replacement playground in Gore’s Hamilton Park.

The new playground, the first in the Gore district to have wheelchair access, opened this month.

The former playground on the site was closed for safety reasons after it was damaged in February’s floods and storms.

Three young people, Pippa (11) and Grace (9) Chamberlain and Finn Breen (9), who had played at the former playground, are impressed with the new one.

“I like the way it’s got wheelchair access,” Grace said.

“Most of the people with disabilities can’t go on playgrounds.”

Pippa said she liked the way some of the old playground area was kept and there was “room to add on in the future”.

Finn said the play equipment was really fun.

The children regularly spent time at Hamilton Park while their siblings played cricket.

Gore District Council parks and reserves manager Ian Soper said the old playground was significantly damaged.

“The winds and flooding caused trees to topple on to some areas of the playground, while trees in other areas became unstable,” Mr Soper said.

A completely new playground has replaced it.

“The council is very pleased to be able to provide this innovative, new playground in the popular park area.”Asics shoesAir Force 1