GALLERY/VIDEO: New play space means fun times

A NEW play space is just the beginning for the revamped Bendigo Botanical Gardens in White Hills.

After opening on the 23rd of December, the playground and secret garden have been used by countless children.

VIDEO: Project manager Brad Crome talks about the new play space at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens. VIDEO: Leigh Sharp

Project manager Brad Crome says the developments were created to get people outside rather than sitting inside on the couch. 

We've included a secret garden that is designed to get kids engaged with nature and play with the different elements - Brad Crome

He said the improvements would encourage families to be active and to enjoy the outdoors.

"We've included a secret garden that is designed to get kids engaged with nature and play with the different elements," he said.

"Our biggest user group is young families and we want to introduce them to this great garden."

Along with the new play space, the City of Greater Bendigo Council is trialing extended opening hours.

The Public Space Design team and Parks and Natural Reserves team are working to make a more usable space for the community.

Parks and Natural Reserves manager Simon Harrison said extending the opening hours would make it easier for people to access this iconic part of Bendigo. 

The gates will be open from 7.30am and close at 9pm each day, including public holidays.

"The gardens are a popular attraction for young and old and are an ideal place for gardening enthusiasts, families and a variety of recreational activities," Mr Harrison said.

Maureen Symons, a White Hills resident for 45 years, said she was pleased with the changes being made to the local gardens.

"There's something here now to keep the kids occupied," she said.

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