CONSTRUCTION of the Hopwood Gardens regional playspace is expected to be completed by early May.
Initial plans sought to have the highly anticipated project finished by Easter, however, when playground equipment was pulled out of the ground it was ‘‘quite wet underfoot’’ so the start was delayed.
‘‘But it’s dry now and they’re going gangbusters,’’ council economic and community development general manager Keith Oberin said.
Mr Oberin said the project could be completed by the end of this month but early May at the latest.
About 170 Campaspe school children contributed their ideas towards the playspace’s design, which will include interactive elements allowing children to safely explore, hide, jump, swing, slide, climb, tunnel through, spin, rock and leap.
The playspace will feature a paddlesteamer shell with port deck, an open cubby with play tables and 1m high slide, triple swing including seat for children of all abilities, turtle play sculpture with tunnel, spinner, frog spring rocker, water play pump and channel, hay bale climbers, and vertical and horizontal play logs. The central feature is a long-neck turtle play sculpture built atop a tunnel.
The immediate vicinity will incorporate trees, table and park seating, drinking fountain, recycled brick paving, stone wall edging, asphalt pathway and decking to be constructed from timber set aside from the Echuca wharf refurbishment project.
The $520,350 project is being funded with a $340,000 contribution from the Victorian Government and $180,350 from council.
For safety reasons, security fencing has been placed around the construction zone of the playspace for the duration of works.