When Red Hill Primary students climb, ride or kick a footy on their new Voyager Park playground, they will have the vision and tenacity of two former students to thank for the transformation of what was once "a brown piece of dirt".
The new Voyager Park precinct includes a new green football field, new play equipment and a one-kilometre bike track and shade structure.
It all started six years ago when two students asked the principal for a meeting to propose something new for the space.
Red Hill Parents and Citizens Association member Jenny Haling credits Dylan Pitt, now 16 years old, and Jaiden Smith, now 15 years old, with starting the transformation.
"They met with the principal six or seven years ago when they were here at school and said 'this is what we'd love,' and Louise Owens the principal, was just really proactive in just making things happen," Ms Haling said.
Through funding by the ACT education directorate, the school and the Parents and Citizens Association, the revitalised Voyager Park Precinct is a transformed new space for Red Hill students and for the community to use on the weekends.
"It used to be a brown piece of dirt," Ms Haling said, as she described the students' play area before the new green football field was created.
Dylan and Jaiden said the idea to give the park a makeover started with the way students were getting to school.
"We just noticed that a lot of kids were starting to ride to school, and that they were already riding around the oval anyway," Jaiden said.
"I thought of the idea of the whole bike tracking, I had talked to Jaiden about it and we were like, yeah, let's do it," Dylan said.
From that observation, the project took on new life.
"We did a bunch of research about the benefits and why it would be beneficial to the school and then we proposed the report to the school, went to a few meetings. And came up with the whole idea of it, which now has led to this, so it's just amazing," Dylan said.
The new playground won't be the end of changes for Red Hill Primary School. Ms Haling said the Parents and Citizens Association had more plans to raise funds for.
"We've got a master plan that we're slowly working through, so more things are to come," Ms Haling said.
Those plans include a nature play space, more trees and more seating for the school.
"I thought it was a really good idea, it's really cool that something that started five years ago, that we thought would never happen after we left the school is now a thing," Jaiden said.
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