Play precinct

May 08, 2018

A BMX pump track, half court for basketball and netball and a complete overhaul of play equipment is planned for Scott’s Park in west Deniliquin.

Concept designs for the park’s redevelopment are included in a draft Open Spaces Strategy, which has been placed on public exhibition.

Edward River Council has confirmed it will retain the rocket play equipment in the overhaul, which will see other existing equipment relocated in the park.

Additional play equipment will include a climbing pyramid, a double zip line, specific toddler play area, all abilities play equipment and the pump track and half court, and space will be set aside for dirt jumps for BMX riders.

The concept also proposes upgrades to the park’s toilet facilities and sheltered barbecue and seating areas, as well as to the entrances.

Mayor Norm Brennan said with other projects planned at the adjacent Deniliquin Swim Centre and the development of walking paths incorporating the lagoon system, the Scott’s Park concept will make the area in west Deniliquin a play precinct for locals and visitors alike.

‘‘The area could be a focal point for youth, and that’s why we ensured the youth in our community were consulted and had an input in the concept designs,’’ Cr Brennan said.

‘‘Here we could have a designated area for youth to enjoy, with a variety of activities and equipment.

‘‘It is providing something else for the physical health of our community, and that could lead to our youth being more involved in different sporting activities.

‘‘Our aim is to make sure the lagoon walking paths lead right into the park — we want to try and make it easier for everyone to access.

‘‘All this will be within the existing boundaries of the park.’’

Funding for the walking paths and a plan to add all abilities changerooms at the swim centre has been allocated from the Stronger Country Communities round one program, from which $676,000 has also already been allocated to the playground upgrades at Scott’s Park.

It is expected to cover the entire cost of implementing the concept design, although council general manager Adam McSwain said a final plan and costing is yet to be completed.

Council intends to seek a contractor for design and construction works soon, with Mr McSwain hopeful work can start in October.

He said the concept plan includes removing the back fence of the park, and utilising the space between it and the swim centre boundary fence.

Adding to the play precinct will be a water splash park, which will be built at the swim centre. Council has already allocated $880,000 to this development from its Stronger Communities Major Projects program.

The play precinct will also incorporate an arts element, according to council’s Open Space Strategy.

Hoping to capitalise on the popularity of ‘silo art’, the council has suggested the water tower adjacent Scott’s Park be painted.

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