Bringing our parks to life
Parks and playgrounds in the Hawkesbury will have a new energy and vibrancy under new plans by Hawkesbury City Council. The plans aim to reinvigorate Governor Phillip Park in Windsor, McLeod Park in South Windsor and Peel Park in North Richmond.
Governor Phillip Park
Works will soon commence on Governor Phillip Park as part of the Park’s Master Plan and Playground Upgrade. This follows extensive community consultation which included meetings with the Touched by Olivia Foundation to ensure the design of an inclusive and safe playspace.
The Master Plan aims to help guide Council on how best to further develop the park. The plan will assist Council in applying for additional grant funding to continue the upgrade of this important regional facility.
The Master Plan proposes:
- realignment of the car park to improve manoeuvrability and capacity
- set-up bays along the access road
- a new amenities block opposite the boat wash down area
- a fish cleaning table (grant funded), to be located adjacent to the boat wash-down area
- an extension to the Clubhouse to accommodate service boats and kiosk/café
- replacement of the tree avenue
- location for the new park entry signage
- relocation of the Pioneer Memorial to a more prominent position
- extension of the pathway network, forming a loop
- riverbank restoration works and river access points for fishing
- seating terraces along the riverbank
- a new viewing area from the car park toward the junction of South Creek and the Hawkesbury River.
Stage 1 works will also include a children’s bicycle path and play equipment that would aim to encourage balancing, climbing, sliding, spinning and exploration, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons Buckett explained.
“We will fund these improvements using a combination of Council’s capital works program, grant funding, and Section 94 developer contributions,” the Mayor said.
“Council also hopes to secure additional funding to complete the playground with additional plans, including trampolines and swings, with a total estimated cost of $477,000.
“Based on community feedback, particularly from the Touched by Olivia Foundation, Council has modified the design to include fencing around the playground for extra safety for children. Council staff are also investigating options for additional shade.”
A community workshop about Peel Park, North Richmond will be held on Thursday, 8 March 2018 from 6:30pm to 9pm at the North Richmond Community Centre, William Street, North Richmond. To complete the online survey and to register, visit here or call Council’s Parks and Recreation Manager on (02) 4560 4444 for more information.
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