The Barossa Council project will deliver wide-ranging opportunities for people to participate in sport, recreation, active play and social activities.
Key elements of the multi-layered project include:
- Widening of the main oval to create a regional-level facility, plus new irrigation
- new multi-purpose junior sports oval and recreational space
- three new cricket practice nets, plus bowling and cricket club storage
- new playground and Park entrance off Bilyara Road
- extensive landscaping and tree replanting
Works are set to begin next week and will continue in stages throughout 2022 to minimise the impact to community, sporting and user groups of the Park.
Tree removal will make way for open space upgrades and enhancements such as the oval widening, junior oval and playground. Mayor Bim Lange confirmed there will be no net loss of trees and that phased replanting will occur during Autumn 2022 and through to 2023. This will take time to achieve the key goal of re-establishing the park as a green and thriving recreational space for our children, grandchildren and future generations beyond.
The new intergenerational playground also responds to Council’s community consultation, with landscaping and nature play elements that focus on light, shade and water. Other features include adventure, sensory and creative play spaces, plus amenities like shade and seating, toilets and water fountain. The existing BBQ will be relocated.
Access to the current playground will be maintained for as long as possible into the Summer. Once decommissioned, people will be encouraged to visit nearby play spaces at Homburg Street, Angas Street, Phillip Street, Doering Street and Wilf Noack Reserve.
“We are doing our very best to retain public access to the park throughout the works and minimise disruption wherever possible and safe to do so, but the scope of the work is complex and we apologise for any inconvenience during this time,” said Mayor Lange.
“We believe the community will see the long-term benefits and welcome the exciting improvements to this much-loved community and recreation precinct.”