Gold rush design the Long Gully splash park winner

POPULAR: A simulated image of the Long Gully splash park gold rush design. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

POPULAR: A simulated image of the Long Gully splash park gold rush design. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

ORIGINAL STORY: Park designs set to make a splash 

THE Long Gully splash park results are in and the gold rush design has emerged as the clear winner.

Of the 497 people who voted, 221 chose the gold rush design, 148 voted for the giant scorpion and 128 for the spider design.

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons thanked residents for participating in the voting process and said he was pleased that the gold rush design had triumphed.

"This splash park will be a great asset for the Long Gully and wider Greater Bendigo community, so it is important it features a design that people will want and will enjoy," Cr Lyons said.

"Each design had merit but the gold rush theme is a very unique and fitting design for our city and it's unlikely it will be seen anywhere else."

Construction at the Cunneen Street site will begin soon and the splash park will be open in time for summer.

Playground and splash park specialist Vortex has been awarded the project, which is worth $567,138.

City of Greater Bendigo active and healthy communities manager Patrick Jess previously told the Bendigo Advertiser that the general public had been very positive about project.

"Feedback has been very positive," he said.

"This project stems back to the council's aquatic facilities strategy.

"This new play area reflects the local community."

People voted for designs on the council website, the Long Gully City and Champions IGA. Long Gully's younger residents were able to vote at their local schools and pre-schools.

A Bendigo Advertiser poll also resulted in the gold rush theme emerging as the winner, taking out 62 per cent of the vote.

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