THE new $1 million Bridgewater Parkland Community Playground, built by Brighton Council, is now open to the community.
Brighton Council received $430,000 Federal Grant from the Building Better Regions Fund as well as $150,000 contribution from Affordable Community Housing Alliance Tasmania Limited with Council making up the balance.
The playground has new swings, slide, water pumps, climbing nest, see-saws and a whole range of informal play features.Over the next few months Council will be building a new toilet block, lighting as well as more park benches.
Fencing will be erected along Cheswick Crescent and between the Libraries Tasmania/Civic Centre car park.
Power to the barbecues will also be connected soon and the bottom oval will be roped off until the grass is established.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the community playground was only stage 1 of a larger 10-year master plan for the Bridgewater Parkland which will extend along Eddington St to the River Derwent Foreshore.
The Master Plan includes a second larger regional foreshore park, dog walking area, recreational jetty, exercise loop, skate park, increased parking, locations for cafes/food vans and more.
“This parkland is part of an unprecedented public works program being conducted by Council in our community.
“Late last year Council announced how residents are benefiting from more than $6 million worth of major project investments for the community as a result of significant successes by Council officers in Federal Government grant applications which are being matched by Council itself.
Council received in excess of $2.4 million worth of Federal Government grants in the past 18 months. These applications are being matched by Council which means in excess of $6 million worth of projects is being spread throughout the community over the next 12 -18 months.
“This is a very significant and positive outcome for our community and we are now starting to see the benefits through projects such as the Bridgwater Parkland Community Playground,” Cr Foster said.
“I congratulate all involved in getting the first stages of the Parkland completed.”
The park is located behind the LINC building in Bridgewater.