Park gets revamp

LIONS: Billy Brine, Peter Milczarek, Terry Aldenhoven, Noel Hampel, Gavin Roberts and John Chalmers stand on the new bridge at Lions Park, just outside of Port Lincoln.
LIONS: Billy Brine, Peter Milczarek, Terry Aldenhoven, Noel Hampel, Gavin Roberts and John Chalmers stand on the new bridge at Lions Park, just outside of Port Lincoln.

An improved bridge and paved walkway completed last month at the Lions Park picnic area, just outside of Port Lincoln, will increase safety and the ease of access for those visiting the park.

Port Lincoln Lions Club member Terry Aldenhoven said the park was more accessible thanks to the improvements.

“It’s safer now...the area wasn’t paved,” Mr Aldenhoven said.

He said young mothers and their children often visited the park, and it was good to see the park gaining attention from the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council who recognised the importance of the park.

Mr Aldenhoven hoped visitation rates to the park would increase due to the upgrades.

Council chief executive officer Rodney Pearson said the council saw the reserve as an important recreation area along the south east coast. 

“We saw the need to improve it...it’s an area that can be used by our people or city of Port Lincoln people as a picnic or recreational spot,” Mr Pearson said.

Lions Club president Iain Adams said the club worked in conjunction with council on the upgrades and the club and council were looking at making more improvements to the park in upcoming years.

He said the club had not settled on a short term idea to improve the recreation area, however the toilet block at the park would be upgraded in the “long term” future.

“There’s the possibility for future improvements….we’ve got a chance for some funding,” Mr Adams said.

Lions member Noel Hampel said the park was known as a place where many people arriving from out of town would make a stop before they reached Port Lincoln.

“We’re aware how many people use the park as a first stop (in Port Lincoln),” Mr Hampel said.