Ceduna's new foreshore playground a hit | PHOTOS

The gates at Ceduna's long awaited foreshore playground opened to the community for the first time on Thursday as excited youngsters got a close look at the new facility.

The playground was selected by the Ceduna District Council as one of its projects in the second round of the federal government's Drought Communities Program.

As part of the $1 million received by the council the playground development was funded $300,000, with an additional $200,000 coming from the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel.

The council's governance manager Mark Hewitson said at the opening the final cost of the project was $532,000.

Children and adults, both locals and visitors, took the opportunity to utilise the equipment at the new playground in the late afternoon.

Mr Hewitson said the facility had been eagerly anticipated.

"It is fantastic for the community, and you can tell by the interest already that people had been eager for it," he said.

"This will create more community engagement and will hopefully get more people to stay in Ceduna."

Hotel board member Craig Irvine thanked the hotel, the council and playground committee - made up of hotel, council and community representatives - for their work on the project.

He said this would liven up the foreshore area.

"It is great to see it finally opened and it looks magnificent," he said.

"My kids had been asking every day if it was ready, and this new playground and foreshore footpath have livened up the area.

"It is great for locals and visitors, and good to see the kids already enjoying themselves."

Community member Rhian Ashton had been among those working on the project and said after two years it was great to have a structure everybody could enjoy.

"It looks good and it is good to see the kids are enjoying it," she said.

"Our playground committee was formed two years ago and when we did we set our sights on the playground so it is great to see it happen.

"It's designed for use by kids of all ages which is a positive."