Park designs set to make a splash

Vortex awarded precinct tender

PLANS have been released for the region's first splash park, with the City of Greater Bendigo urging residents to vote for their favourite design. 

Playground and splash park specialist Vortex has been awarded the tender to construct the solar-heated splash park, earmarked for the Long Gully Recreation Reserve. 

The splash park was expected to be completed last year, but construction was delayed due to unforeseen electricity concerns.

The council says it will be open in time for summer, with construction taking four to five months to complete. 

The three designs include a gold rush theme, giant scorpion and giant spider, which are accompanied by various outdoor play equipment that splashes or sprays water.

The Cunneen Street site will also feature a separate traditional playground, barbecue area and landscaping.

Mayor Barry Lyons encouraged people to have their say on the design. 

“The designs are family-focused and encourage active play, so infant children through to those in their early teens will benefit," he said. 

“The splash park’s central location, adjacent to the car park between Cunneen Street and the creek, means parents will also be able to supervise their children with ease and have a good line of sight to other parts of the recreation reserve.”

The designs are family-focused and encourage active play. - Mayor Barry Lyons

He said the splash park would be surrounded by tables and chairs, shade structures, synthetic grass, rubber soft fall, footpaths and bollard rail fencing.

Throughout the process, four sites within the recreation reserve were examined to determine the best and most economical site for development. 

The Cunneen Street site underwent a planning report, geotechnical assessment for soil strength and contamination, and power supply and flood level restriction checks. 

To vote for a design, collect a copy of Thursday's Bendigo Advertiser, cut out the voting form and hand deliver it to the city’s offices in Lyttleton Terrace or Champions IGA Long Gully in Wood Street.

Residents can also mail their vote to the City of Greater Bendigo, Attn. Lincoln Fitzgerald, P.O Box 733, Bendigo 3552 or enter online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/splashpark

The designs will also be delivered to primary schools and kindergartens in the Long Gully area.

Children will be able register their vote by putting a sticker on their favourite design.

Voting closes Friday, May 9 and the most popular splash park design will be announced on Friday, May 16. 

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