NEW exercise equipment at the Memorial Parklands is one part of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council's long term plans for the recreation area.
Replacing the old wooden equipment, the new structures have come about thanks to extensive community consultation about what people would like to see done with the parklands.
"It's part of our management plan and future plans," council mayor Erika Vickery said. "Tying in with the five year plan for Market Square and the Memorial Parklands."
The new equipment is placed closer to the Michelle DeGaris Kindergarten, near a newly-sealed and fenced carpark.
The whole project cost $60,000, with $30,000 coming from a community recreation and sport facility grant.
Council's sport and recreation committee has been working on the plans for the area for the past four years, with the exercise equipment and car park to be followed by a water fountain near the equipment, barbecue area and more lighting.
Committee chairman Craig McGuire said a lot was owed to council's now-departed director of operations and technical services Phil Burton as well as the works staff.
"He (Mr Burton) put a lot of time into this project," Mr McGuire said.
New director of operations and technical services Steve Bourne said a boardwalk over the wetland area of the parklands and addition tree planting was also slated for the future.
"The main thing is to maintain the parklands as an open recreation area," he said. "That's how people want it."
Sport and recreation committee member Geraldine Mathieson, who is also director of the adjacent kindergarten, said the new equipment was already creating a stir.
"Groups of parents are excited about it," she said. "Groups use the oval after dropping their kids off at kindy, now they can park here and do a circuit."
Mrs Mathieson said the new equipment had a distinct advantage over the old and worn out wooden equipment: "You're not going to get splinters on these, are you?"