After substantial upgrades to the eastern side of the Emerald Botanic Gardens, it’s the western side’s turn.
Surveying has been completed and a tender for the construction of the footpaths is currently out in the market. The project includes pathway upgrades, installation of playground and fitness equipment, and sealing of the carpark.
General Manager Communities Daniel Fletcher said the upcoming works will see the Botanic Gardens turn into a social and recreational space for the entire community and are designed with safety, sustainability, and modern technology in mind.
‘The first stage of the project will see construction of an 800 – 900 m stretch of 2.5 m wide pathway linking the Vince Lester Bridge with the top of John Gay Bridge.
‘This stretch also includes installation of one big culvert.
‘We will then commence installation of additional playground and fitness equipment.
‘There will be areas for small children and teenagers with mouse wheels, climbing apparatuses and a large fitness area for adults and children.
‘A lot of the fitness equipment will be fitted with digital training support.
‘Users can use their smartphone to scan a code on the equipment that links to an app for training tips and guidance.
‘Pathways and shelters will be lit with solar lighting and drinking water fountains will be positioned every 200 – 300m along pathways.’
The final stage of upgrades will see the car park area being sealed providing formal parking spaces to maximise the capacity of the well-used parking area.
Consultations with user groups identified the need for fitness equipment and the need for a sealed car park for ease of access.
The works are funded by state government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP). Central Highlands Regional Council received a $709 000 grant covering half the project costs. The remainder is funded by council.