Apex Park in Lakes Entrance has re-opened after its upgrade, with East Gippsland Shire Council and community members enjoying a sausage sizzle to mark the end of the project.
Deputy Mayor Cr Dick Ellis said the upgrade will ensure Apex Park continues to be a popular destination for local families and visitors.
“Play is a really important component of child development, which is why East Gippsland Shire invests in the development and maintenance of play spaces throughout our diverse region,” Cr Ellis said.
“We hope to see future generations of locals and visitors playing here and creating great memories. This park is an important meeting and gathering place for families and celebrations.”
Extensive public consultation informed both the overall design of the playground and the equipment chosen, with an emphasis on encouraging nature-based and imaginative play.
“The community has been really involved in the design, which has been fantastic and ensures we’ve constructed a playground that the Lakes Entrance community will be proud of and continue to use.
“We had great feedback from community members at drop in sessions and using Council’s online engagement portal. We also had hands-on involvement from students from three local schools in the design itself, so it’s sure to be a winner with our younger community members,” Cr Ellis added.
The Apex Park upgrade is part of East Gippsland Shire’s ongoing commitment to Lakes Entrance and offers the community a vibrant and attractive play and meeting space at the major entry point to Lakes Entrance.
The original design work considered both the upgrade of Apex Park and construction of a new, smaller play space next to the Lakes Entrance footbridge. The new park concept is now being revisited as a part of the Draft Lakes Entrance CBD Improvement Master Plan.
“Pleasingly, the design and construction of Apex Park was completed by our staff ahead of schedule and just under the allocated budget of $400,000,” Cr Ellis concluded.
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