Playspace is getting seriously close now

July 12, 2017

Hopwood Gardens playspace is expected to be completed by the end of this month, weather permitting.Photo: Tyla Harrington

ECHUCA’S Hopwood Gardens playspace (pictured above) is expected to be completed by the end of this month, weather permitting.

Council economic and community development general manager Keith Oberin said the project had progressed well and was creating ‘‘great community interest’’ despite the delay.

Mr Oberin said play equipment had been installed, a new red brick lizard, crushed coloured rock pathways, fencing and paved areas completed.

The rubber soft fall area, asphalt pathways, garden beds and plantings, as well as the water play component — which will be concreted once the ground dries out — are still to be finished.

The bridge has been completed off site and will be installed once the water play area and channel is completed.

Construction was expected to be completed by early May but was delayed.

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.

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 $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.

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