Funbobulator: Wagga Council’s playgrounds participatory budget

Funbobulator - Wagga Council

The Funbobulator was created by Wagga Wagga Council in regional NSW to gather input about playgrounds

Wagga Wagga City Council was looking for a fun way to engage the city’s young and young at heart about the future design of its playgrounds. Council established a consultation portal for the project under the branding, Swing into Action, on its main online community engagement site, Love your City, Have your Say.

The project introduction states:

Wagga Wagga City Council currently manages 90 playgrounds within the city and across its rural villages including 87 local playgrounds, 2 district playgrounds and 1 regional playground. In addition to providing playgrounds in new developments Council provides funds to replace approximately 4 of the older playgrounds throughout the network each year. Over the next 5 years Council plans to upgrade a number of playgrounds.

We need your input! Help us design playgrounds for you and your friends. Council has developed a brand new machine to design playgrounds called a funbobulator which is specifically designed to be operated by kids. This funbobulator uses the latest technologies to match play equipment with different parks. The machine relies on your input to determine the best amount of fun per kid (which we call FPK) and then Council will build the playground that meets the highest criteria for awesomeness.

The community was given a budget of $25,000 per park and nineteen options for the type of playground equipment ranging from traditional swings, through contemporary climbing gyms, to natural play areas.

In addition to being asked to nominate their preferences, Council also requested that community members state precisely “why” they liked a particular piece of equipment.

The project was written up in Government News and won Council an award for excellence in communication from the NSW local government and shires association.

 

Posted on September 26, 2014 in Success Stories

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