Puckridge Park plan ready for input

THE draft concept plan for a new-look Puckridge Park, which could include nature and adventure play, new lawn areas and upgraded trails, has been released for community input today.

The Port Lincoln City Council has been working with Rotary Club of Port Lincoln, who have looked after and maintained the park for almost 50 years, to develop a master plan to upgrade park facilities.

Mayor Brad Flaherty said the Puckridge Park concepts could help provide a destination play space, something the council recognised was lacking the region.

"We need to work harder for our community on the public realm, and our parks, gardens and play spaces are tired and in much need of reinvigoration for our community to come together and enjoy," he said,

The council's chief executive officer Stephen Rufus said the council working together with rotary would achieve a sustainable park redevelopment "that promotes and protects the park for future generations".

Mr Rufus said the park was loved by many in the community and its redevelopment needed to be sensitive to the park and vegetation and fauna conservation.

After receiving Eyre Peninsula Natural Resource Management funding the council had Greening Australia prepare a vegetation survey of the park to identify any areas of particular note that would need to be preserved.

The council's infrastructure and regulatory services business manager Jade Scott said at the council's November meeting the concept plan reflected feedback from rotary and the council.

She said as well as creating more play and usable spaces for the community, the concepts proposed would also help make the park more maintenance friendly.

It also sets the proposed framework for the detailed design stage and the implementation of the project.

Mrs Scott said the implementation would likely be staged as to complete the redevelopment would cost upwards of $1 million.

She said in her report to the council the feedback collected during public consultation would be used to create a detailed design report which would primarily be used to seek external funding for the project.

Rotary and the council will be holding a barbecue at Puckridge Park on December 8 from 12pm to 2pm to engage with the community about the proposed concept plan.

There will be a display at the Rotary Gallery in the Nautilus Arts Centre for the community to view the plan during December.

For copies of the plan visit the council website www.portlincoln.sa.gov.au or the council office in the Civic Centre.