THE second phase of Brighton Council’s Bridgewater Parkland project, which will feature exciting signature pieces of equipment directly chosen by the Brighton community, is expected to be completed early next year.
The Bridgewater Parkland Master Plan 2016-2026, developed by landscape architects Play St, was endorsed by Brighton Council following extensive stakeholder and community consultation.
The master plan consists of two major components, the first a community parkland behind the Brighton Civic Centre and the second, a regional parkland on the Derwent River foreshore.
The first stage, which was completed and opened in spring two years ago, has been welcomed by the community, and the park is being used by a broad cross section of residents and families.
The first stage was funded by a grant from the Federal Government through its Building Better Regions Fund of $400,592. A total $376,233 was contributed by Brighton Council, including in-kind contributions and a further $150,000 provided by the Affordable Community Housing Alliance Tasmania.
Council was successful in securing a further grant from the Federal Government through its Community Development Grants Program for the second stage of the masterplan.
The total cost of stage two is $1.79 million, with Federal Government grant funding of $1.7 million. Brighton Council has contributed $92,122 to cover project management costs.
With work now well underway on the second stage, the central playground areas, which will be fully fenced, will include a custom-designed fort with a double spiral tunnel slide, a double flying fox/cableway, a climbing forest a giant birds nest swing, a mouse house, a skysurfer and a wheelchair carousel.
Once the playgrounds are complete, work will continue on extensive hard and soft landscaping of the area, native plantings, new toilet facilities, shelter areas, barbecue and picnic facilities and a car park and bike parking facility.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster, in welcoming the development, said the Bridgewater Parkland Master Plan demonstrated how all tiers of government could work together to provide a superior outcome for local communities.
“We are grateful to both the Federal and State governments and funding bodies that have worked with our Council to realise a multi-dimensional parkland that will be used by a wide cross-section of the community and importantly, across the full range of age groups.
“The first stage of the Bridgewater Parkland project has been welcomed by our community members who are delighted with the facilities that have been provided. Council believes the second phase will also be embraced by the whole community which had a major input into its development.
“The Parkland project is a showcase of how governments and communities can work together for a positive and successful outcome that benefits the entire community,” Cr Foster said.
Senator Claire Chandler who visited the site on behalf of the Federal Government and reviewed the Parkland stage two plans said she was pleased to visit the site along with members of the Brighton Council.
It was good to see the progress on this important community project which will provide an amazing new space for the local community, with a terrific new children’s playground along with new facilities so families can enjoy a day on the riverfront,” Senator Chandler said.