Acting Mayor, Jo Westwood said Kingborough Council was tendering for the development of Stage 2 of Kingston Park.
“The next stage of Kingston Park will complete this area of public open space and improve the connecting links to the Kingborough Community Hub, Park and CBD,” Cr Westwood said.
“This next stage will cater for large outdoor events and include public amenities and an undercover BBQ shelter.
“We are also really fortunate to have had great advice from a local exercise consultant, who volunteered his skills and experience to consult on the development of three exercise areas.”
Kingborough Councillor, Amanda Midgley said she was very excited about the cycling and open spaces that this next stage would offer.
“There will be shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians as well as a beginner’s pump track,” Cr Midgely said.
“Importantly this next development will offer a well-lit, 3-metre wide pathway encompassing the perimeter of Kingston Park.
“This will help link Kingston Park to the CBD and surrounding areas.”
Kingston Park Stage 1 saw the building of the play equipment and adventure areas, with Stage 2 providing more open areas with dedicated spaces for larger activities, bikes and gatherings.
“There will be areas for small and large events, with a grass banked amphitheatre and large event lawn with access to three phase power for concerts and other large-scale community events such as carols by candlelight,” Cr Westwood said.
Jim Preece, a Community Wellness Advisor volunteered his time to help on the development of the community exercise space.
“Working with Council we have designed a community fitness and wellbeing asset that will provide free outdoor gym facilities,” Mr Preece said.
“This will cater to everyone from the elderly and low mobility users, all the way through to elite level athletes and sporting teams.
“All the equipment will have QR codes that link to videos to explain how to use the equipment, suggested workouts and the facility to set up community fitness challenges.
“Stage 2 is made up of three separate work out hubs and with over 20 pieces of equipment.
“It will be the best of its kind in the state,” Mr Preece said.
“Throughout the extensive consultation process, undertaken by Council over the last 3 years, over 2000 community members provided feedback on what they wanted to see developed in the Kingston area,” Cr Westwood said
“The community told us they wanted more attractive green areas with improved links for pedestrians and cyclists.
“The Kingston Place Strategy 2020- 2050 is a fantastic road map, which is guiding us through the stages of transforming Kingston into a green, walkable and engaging regional hub.
“Kingston Park Stage 2 will build on Council’s vision to create a diverse range of engaging open spaces for the community that encourage social participation and connection in an attractive environment.”