Visitors to Wattle Park are one step closer to seeing a new playscape, walking/ running track and upgrades to the park picnic area, with Parks Victoria now seeking tender submissions for the construction of these new exciting additions to the Burwood park.
The project involves building a nature-based play area for children and families of all ages, and abilities. It features swings, spinners, water play, a sensory garden and a tram fort to maintain the legacy of the tram history at the existing playground at Wattle Park.
In addition, the development of a 3.25 kilometre walking and running track which will provide visitors with a purpose-built track featuring natural forest and undulating hill terrain. The project also involves upgrading and improving connections to the existing trails within the park.
Wattle Park will also receive improvements to Monsborough Drive road and carpark, the picnic area and existing trails as part of this program of works.
This project is being made possible thanks to a $4.3 million investment from the Victorian Government as part of the $154 million Suburban Parks Program and additional funds made available through the $21 million Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program.
The designs for the playscape and trail have been developed in consultation with the community, with the draft designs shared with the community for feedback in June 2021. Parks Victoria is now using the community feedback to finalise the designs, which will be shared with the public later this year.
Construction is expected to commence in early 2022, subject to on-ground conditions and any public health restrictions in place.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“Wattle Park is a much-loved park in Melbourne and it is exciting to see the plans progressing for these exciting new features that will uplift the park and provide more opportunities for children and families of all ages and abilities to get active in nature.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Burwood Will Fowles
'The Andrews Labor Government is delivering significant upgrades to Wattle Park. Both the Tan-style running track and the children's adventure playground are sure to be loved by local families and visitors alike.'
'2022 promises to be an exciting year as these upgrades are delivered for our community.'
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