G Den Dulk and Norah McIntyre reserves ready for play

G Den Dulk Reserve

Two public parks in Hobsons Bay have been revamped and are now ready for the community to enjoy.

G. Den Dulk Reserve on the corner of Somers Parade and Blyth Street in Altona, and Norah McIntyre Reserve in Nordenne Avenue, Seaholme have undergone a complete upgrade in consultation with the local community.

Upgrades to G. Den Dulk Reserve include a brand new playground with swings for all ages and a tilted sky runner (a combination of a merry-go-round and monkey bars – to be installed in early 2020), a new quarter basketball court/activities area, a community garden space, new landscaping and park furniture.

Two elements from the Pitch Your Idea 2019-20 Budget submissions were included in the design, including a nine-year-old Altona boy’s request for a basketball court and the Altona Community Garden Incorporated’s pitch for Hobsons Bay’s first community garden. The community garden and additional mature trees will be planted in the cooler months of 2020.

Norah McIntyre Reserve in Noordenne Avenue now boasts a new play space, new furniture, a basketball half court to accommodate older children and teenagers, updated concrete pathways, and a new post and rail fence along the reserve.

Three new park lights will be installed later this month, and planting will be undertaken in April.

As stated by Deputy Mayor and Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Sandra Wilson

“Our community loves Hobsons Bay for many reasons, including its parks and green spaces – it’s amazing to think that 95 per cent of our residents are within a five minute walk of a local park or reserve.

“Council’s Open Space Strategy is guiding this great work and ensuring that playgrounds, sports fields, parks, foreshores and conservations areas are accounted for in our capital works program.”

As stated by Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Tony Briffa

“Both G. Den Dulk and Norah McIntyre Reserves serve as important open spaces for Altona and Seaholme, offering great passive recreation for all ages.

“I thank the local community for guiding the development of these two popular reserves and hope that they are thoroughly enjoyed for years to come. It’s great to see these them being well utilised by the community.”

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