Lions Park upgrade to benefit Wellington children

Lions Park

It was exciting to be able to open yet another playground at Wellington, with the substantially upgraded Lions Park helping entertain local children.

This bright new playground was previously a fairly bare park with just a small amount of equipment. Now it couldn’t be more different. As well as a greater variety of swings, climbing nets and child’s rocker, the new playspace has also added significant colour to the park. Additional elements include a new pathway, installation of sandstone seating, solar lighting, a drinking bubbler and automatic irrigation system, with future turfing planned for the site.

This has been done in partnership with Infigen Energy’s Bodangora Wind Farm, who provided significant funding for the project.

There is no doubt this will be well received by the children of the area. I was able to see firsthand on Monday a number of kids playing, including a local pre-school, who were very excited to have such a great park nearby. I was also very excited by the colourful Indigenous mural painted by local artists.

It was great to see the way local children were included in the process, giving a sense of ownership of the space to the local community.

Lions Park is situated at the corner of Maxwell and William streets in Wellington and I hope it will become a major attraction for local families. It is also worth noting that further additions such as turf and trees are planned but won’t be included until the current drought and water restrictions ease.

This is the latest in a string of new playgrounds for Wellington including Bicentennial Park, Walker Crescent Park, as well as improvement to bigger facilities. By now everyone is aware of the fantastic new basketball and multipurpose courts, lighting and amenities block at Rygate Park, new lighting at Pioneer Park and substantial upgrades to the grandstand and fencing at Kennard Park.

It’s not just parks that are progressing either. We also just had the exciting opening of the $8.25 million new Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre complex and soon the $4 million Wellington Caves Visitor Experience will also be ready to go.

Other exciting projects moving ahead include the installation of the Visitor Information Centre in the front section of Wellington council building and the construction of the Wiradjuri Tourism Experience at the location of the former information centre.

We are also closer to the Oxley Museum moving to the former Police Station site, a move that will give the museum better exposure to tourists on the highway and hopeful drive an increase in visitation.

This level of investment is unprecedented for the town of Wellington and something I am very excited about. Council has also tried to do what it can to stimulate the local business economy, starting with the #buylocalorbyelocal campaign and now assisting by offering to cover postage for participating businesses in the lead-up to Christmas.

I am very proud of what this Council has done and am very excited about the future of Wellington.

Last Edited: 05 Dec 2019

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