Draft park plans have potential

IT is hard to recall a time when there has been so much talk in the community about the future of the foreshore, CBD and marina and now we can add Puckridge Park to the list.

The draft plans for the park were made public on Monday to begin the public consultation period and, like other concept plans produced this year, there are many great parts.

This moment has been years in the making for the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln who began initial discussions with the council about the future potential of the park three years ago.

For nearly 50 years the Rotary club maintained the park for the community's use and they should be congratulated for getting the ball rolling on these plans.

The park is incredibly well known and the draft concept plan presents a great opportunity to link it with the rest of the city.

Having such a large park with so many different elements, including trails, barbecues, a playground and shelters is something the city should take advantage of but redeveloping will not come cheap so it is good to hear the efforts will be staged.

It is also rare to have a park full of native flora and the draft plan includes a number of ways for that to be enhanced including local indigenous species display plantings and bush foods.

There are also concepts for how Rotary's contribution to the park could be recognised, an acknowledgement the organisation has definitely earned and one it is no doubt looking forward to seeing come to life.

The beginning of the Puckridge Park consultation coinciding with the end of the consultation on the precincts master plan can hardly be an accident and it does seem like the right timing.

With some great ideas proposed for the park hopefully the precincts master plan consultation hangover has subsided enough for people to give this one their full attention.