Plans to improve popular park

DISABILITY provisions, picnic area upgrades and a viewing platform are among the improvements and upgrades the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln would like to see become a reality at Puckridge Park.

Even though the Rotary Club wound back their hands on role at Puckridge Park in April this year, the club has offered to fund the cost of developing a masterplan.

Port Lincoln City Council manager of community infrastructure Nigel Melzner said the club had indicated a willingness to continue its long association with the council and the park. 

He said the club was eager to help facilitate upgrades to the park to realise its full potential.

“The Rotary Club of Port Lincoln has presented the council staff with a list of suggestions for potential upgrades to Puckridge Park,” he said. 

On its list Rotary included a better outlook from the car park over the city including a viewing platform, redevelopment of the car park and fencing, redevelopment of the areas around barbecues, gazebos, playground and toilets, disabled provisions, picnic area upgrade, concrete or paved paths, a fire management plan and a public awareness program. 

Mr Melzner said the masterplan would ultimately guide the future redevelopment of the reserve. 

“Puckridge Park is one of Port Lincoln’s best-known reserves, but much of the infrastructure is ageing and this limits its current types and level of use,” he said. 

Rotary’s offer to fund the masterplan was accepted at a council meeting on Monday night, which Mr Melzner said was the first step in the process. 

He said the council and rotary would need to develop a scope of work and seek quotes from landscape architects to prepare the masterplan.

Councillor Peter Jolley said he thought the offer from Rotary was a great way to keep the club involved.

“It’s a terrific way for Rotary to keep connected with this park,’ he said. 

“They would have members who have a long association with the park and its a way for them to see the fruits of their labour.”

Mr Melzner said the masterplan would be completed this financial year before going out to public consultation and then moving into full construction and documentation. 

“A modern upgrade combined with its (Puckridge Park’s) unique location would see it live up to its full potential,” he said.