Funding boost for local parks and playgrounds

Younger residents around the City of Whittlesea will have more opportunities for outdoor play and recreation, thanks to $2.6 million from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs fund.

Following Council’s bid to the state government, funding has been awarded to upgrade five local parks over the coming year, including Mill Park’s Kelynack Recreation Reserve and Redleap Recreation Reserve, Bundoora’s Norris Bank Reserve, Thomastown’s Whittlesea Public Gardens and the Mernda Adventure Park.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said creating and enhancing our outdoor spaces is an important part of making the City of Whittlesea a place for all.

“Our parks are places for people of all ages to connect with each other, enjoy the outdoors and get active,” Ms Wilson said.

Redleap Recreation Reserve in Mill Park will be transformed into an all ages play space with works, set to start at the end of 2021 and be complete mid-2022, to include an upgrade of the picnic areas to cater for small to medium scale events. While Kelynack Recreation Reserve will be redeveloped, starting next year, to provide a larger playground with upgraded features for younger children alongside more challenging play equipment for older children and teens.

The western precinct of Norris Bank Reserve will be upgraded to feature a multi-use youth space including a basketball court, performance space and shelter. Construction will start in December this year and is expected to be complete by mid-next year.

The new public toilet block to be built at Mernda Adventure Park will provide much needed facilities to complement the upgrades taking place at the Mernda Adventure Park and Creek Park Dog Off Leash area.

“We thank the Victorian Government for their continued investment in the City of Whittlesea through the Growing Suburbs Fund. The fund enables fast growing municipalities such as ours to deliver important infrastructure and facilities to our community,” Ms Wilson said.

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