New play equipment, electric barbecues and drinking fountains will be installed at Jamieson Street Reserve in St Albans, with works now underway as part of Council’s Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan.
The $450,000 project includes a new sheltered picnic area, dedicated outdoor gym area, and major upgrades to the playground, such as:
(Pictured: Brimbank Mayor, Cr Margaret Giudice at Jamieson St Reserve)
Brimbank Deputy Mayor Cr Daniel Allan said Council had consulted extensively with the community on the new design.
“The updated design for the reserve responds directly to comments and requests we received from the community,” Cr Allan said.
Council also consulted with Scope, a youth disability support service that has one of its facilities next to the park.
“Following our discussions with Scope, we will be creating easier wheelchair access to provide a greater opportunity for play and social gatherings,” Cr Allan said.
More shade trees will be planted along with deciduous trees around the playground area, while a range of additional seating options will be added.
There will be plenty of opportunity for nature play with logs, rocks and timber steppers set amongst a mound with slide and climbing edges, swing set with basket swing and timber balance beam and forest maze. There’s even an integrated small stage with a musical instrument zone.
Jamieson Street Reserve is one of the largest suburban parks in the St Albans area with just over five hectares of rolling lawns, trees and low cover flowering plants.
Brimbank City Council has also secured funding through Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers funding scheme to create a raingarden with connected planted swales with a sheoak and banksia forest, pedestrian access bridge and shaded seating area.
There will be restricted access at Jamieson Street Reserve while works are ongoing. Please allow for extra time when catching buses on Main Road West.
Works are expected to be completed in May 2018.