Bright Riverside Water Play Area project gaining momentum

13 January 2014

CONSTRUCTION of a riverside splash park in Bright will begin the coming months, and Alpine Shire Council is inviting interested members of the community to learn more about this exciting project.

The current toddler pool at Centenary Park is more than 40 years old and has ongoing issues with maintenance, hygiene and filtration.

Council’s Bright Riverside Water Play Area project will replace the pool and some of the surrounding area with a gold-mining-themed splash park.

The contract to build the new facility was awarded in December 2013, with works expected to start in Feb/March 2014.

Chief Executive Officer Dave Barry said installing a new toddler pool would still have public health and safety implications and long-term maintenance costs, and is therefore not part of the project.

“By replacing the pool with a water play area, we reduce the risks inherent in still water pools and create a space that suits a broader range of age groups,” he said. “Toddler pools, such as our current one, are no longer considered best practice from a health and safety point of view.”

“Still water pools are more costly to maintain, can become unhygienic during periods of high use and are not considered best practice for public health and safety or value for money.”

The water play park will replicate natural colours and themes. The pads and steps are terraced to work with existing site contours and variation in heights and seating will break up the appearance and provide supervision points for parents. Concrete pads will be coloured and textured, adding interest to the site.

Mr Barry said the splash park design would be accessible for children from a wide variety of age groups and abilities.

“The project will have four splash pads built alongside Morses Creek, stretching from where the toddler pool currently sits back towards the Gavan Street bridge for approximately 35 metres,” he said.

“The park will be easily accessible by people in a wheelchair and those with limited mobility and will be much more water efficient and require less maintenance – this means the park will be able to run for longer throughout spring and summer.

“The splash pads are designed to suit different age groups, from toddlers up, creating a facility that many more children can enjoy. When completed, this area will be one of only a handful of these types of facilities in regional Victoria.

“The intention is to create a space that complements the surrounding park and functions as an attractive splash park in summer and a welcoming space with seating facilities in the colder months.

“During evenings, any time of year, lights and ground sprays can be programmed to up-light trees and water park features and provide colour and movement.”

Sourcing the funds for this project has been a cooperative effort, with the Bright Community Bank contributing $60,000, the Rotary Club of Bright donating $20,000 and the balance of the $525,000 budget funded by Council in conjunction with the State Government.


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