THE second phase of the Bridgewater Parkland project is well underway with a very successful community consultation program now complete and a re-design to include the recommendations from the community, about to begin.
The proposed foreshore playground is the second stage in the Bridgewater Parkland Master Plan, which establishes the future direction for the reserve by providing improved recreational opportunities. The site is off Eddington Street in Bridgewater, and is adjacent to Vinnie’s Growth Centre and the Derwent River.
A range of consultation methods was used including direct contact with schools in the area, community groups, community centres and the Bridgewater Library. Special Brighton Alive meetings were also held to gauge public opinion and an ‘Our Say’ forum held to build on this. Representatives from a range of groups attended including Brighton Council, Save the Children, The Smith Family, Australian Early Development Census, Department of Justice, Clarence Council, Tas Water, Uniting Church, 26/TEN, Communities for Children, Salt Anglican, Centacare Evolve Housing. Social media was effectively used to spread the message.
The overwhelming elements agreed on for the new recreation areas were a climbing forest and a pump track. There were also a number of other suggestions for elements which will be incorporated into the design.