The Myrtle Park Recreation Ground will reopen for camping on Friday, December 4.
At its ordinary meeting on Thursday, the City of Launceston agreed to reopen the park as an overnight camp site next month through until March 2021. The Council closed the Park in March this year in line with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 public control measures.
Under the new interim arrangements, the park will be open to campers only, with 20 sites available to be booked each night, with a limit of 10 people per site. The kiosk and the hall will not reopen over the summer season and day use will not be permitted at the site this summer.
Access to the park will be restricted, and all camp sites must be booked in advance. Mayor Albert van Zetten said that due to an ongoing management review of Myrtle Park, it was necessary to place some restrictions around usage of the facility over the summer months.
“Those people camping will still be able to hire a site, and make full use of the wonderful facilities we have such as the barbecues, playgrounds and tennis courts, while all the amenities such as the showers, the toilet and the laundry will also be open,” Mayor van Zetten said.
Due to the changes in service this summer, the provision to purchase wood and hire fire pits will not be available on site. Campers will need to pre-plan to bring any equipment such as this themselves. Mayor van Zetten said that once open, the site will be staffed seven-days-a week, along with regular security patrols.
“The Council is very aware of how popular the Myrtle Park camp grounds are, particularly over the holiday periods,” Mayor van Zetten said.
“I’m delighted that our Council officers were able to develop a plan to reopen this incredibly popular camping site over summer and I fully expect it to be booked out most nights.”
Bookings will open on Monday, November 23 from 9am through the Launceston Visitor Information Centre via the website, over the phone or in person.