Locals put final touches on park

The State Street reserve, after $50,000 worth of upgrades
The State Street reserve, after $50,000 worth of upgrades

The Town of Victoria Park called on community members to help finish a $50,000 makeover of the pocket park after the removal of the old playground equipment and sandpit.

The council was not due to spend money on the park until 2025 but neighbour Alana Levett lobbied to have it upgraded to encourage its use by the 40-plus children living nearby.

Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said volunteers pitched in to help with raking and levelling areas for turf, laying roll-on turf, planting a range of local native plants and spreading mulch.

Improvements at the park include a larger sandpit with a limestone block surround, comprehensive play equipment and shade sails, and a new picnic table and benches.

A community herb garden will complete the landscaping in late summer, along with another shade tree that will be planted in winter.

‘With back yards shrinking and in-fill development in our area, pressure is being put on public open spaces,’ Cr Vaughan said.

‘We want our local kids to be able to enjoy playing with the neighbourhood kids in a safe area, that is close to home and not too far for parents to , so these smaller local parks are a great idea.’

The Town’s next project is the enhancement of Devenish Reserve, which will be upgraded after consultation with residents before July 2014.