Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has completed improvement works to Dubbo’s popular Wahroonga Park in time for the school holidays. The project included the extension of the existing child cycle track, construction of two new accessible BBQ shelter facilities, a new drinking fountain, installation of an accessible path system that connects the play space, BBQ shelters, parking and amenities.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, said he was happy to hear the improvements to the park were completed just in time for the July (2020) school holidays.
“I am so pleased that our community will have yet another play space to enjoy during the school holidays. I am particularly proud of Council’s efforts insofar as the design considerations for the improvement project; ensuring the inclusiveness of the entire space for adults and children of all abilities,” said Councillor Shields.
“Last year (2019) I tabled a Playground Improvement Fund as a Mayoral Minute to invest $1 million dollars to install more shade and improve access to playgrounds across our region. The new accessible path and park infrastructure are an example of this initiative delivering on its objectives,” said Councillor Shields.
Project Co-ordinator and DRC’s Open Space Co-ordinator, Ben Pilon, says the new additions will complement the recent playground renewal.
“Last year we renewed the entire Wahroonga Park play space while retaining the very popular existing children’s cycle track. The request to extend the cycle track came from extensive and positive feedback by the local community and Council are pleased to see that completed.
“The accessible furniture, pathways, BBQs and drinking fountain make Wahroonga Park one of the most inclusive outdoor spaces in Dubbo, which is fantastic,” said Mr Pilon.
The project also includes a strong focus on new drought hardy landscaping – a Council initiative to save water across DRC’s open space assets, as well as a bright mural on a utility structure painted by a local artist and local work experience students.
Image: Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, DRC CEO, Michael McMahon, DRC Open Space Co-ordinator, Ben Pilon and DRC Acting Manager of Liveability, Tracey Whillock visiting Wahroonga Park Dubbo.