Help decide which new playground gets built at Colonial Reserve, Bligh Park

Option 1.
Option 1.

Bligh Park residents are being called on to tell Hawkesbury Council exactly what they want from a new $200,000 playground planned for Colonial Reserve.

The council has three options for residents to consider and vote on at its website: yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/cr.

Votes can be cast until Saturday, June 24.

Coloinal Reserve, located on Colonial Drive, Bligh Park, is the largest open space within Bligh park and includes sporting fields with lighting, irrigation, amenities, shelters and seating.

Hawkesbury Mayor, Councillor Patrick Conolly said the three options were designed to provide an active and fun space for families to enjoy.

"The new playground will be located on the northern side of the reserve to allow connection to the sports amenities shelter and to make best use of the space available," he said.

As the site is primarily a drainage reserve for flood mitigation, it has been used as a sports park.

Council recently installed a recycled water system for irrigation purposes, including the large water tank located within the sports amenities area.

"The existing water tank for games play will better utilise the space and the water tank will have a ramp going up to it for access," Cr Conolly said. "In addition, the new playground has been designed with a perimeter fence to reduce access to Colonial Drive.

"I encourage you to go online to vote for the option you'd like to see built at Colonial Reserve."

Council deemed the existing playground on Neptune Crescent to have reached the end of its lifespan, as well as being located within an isolated area of the reserve. It will be removed as part of the upgrade.

Council will announce the successful option on its Facebook page, facebook.com/hawkesburycitycouncil as well as on its website, hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au.

Work is planned to start in September.

"Council is committed to providing great spaces for everyone to enjoy," Cr Conolly said.

"We are currently working on plans for new parks and playgrounds at Pitt Town, St Albans, Bilpin and Colo Heights, so stay tuned for other exciting park and playground improvements in future."

Council also proposes to upgrade the pedestrian crossing and roundabout in Colonial Drive, Bligh Park at its intersection with Alexander Street.