Work on Townhead Park bike track pedals ahead
Work is officially underway on the much-anticipated new children’s bike track at Townhead Park, with the project set to skid to completion by April – just in time for the Easter school holidays.
Funded by a $360,000 Federal Government grant under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program, the project is a key component of the Townhead Park Masterplan adopted by Council in October 2018 and comes as construction is also underway on the neighbouring Arts and Culture Centre.
The works cover 588 square metres of paving, installation of a bridge, hummocks, children’s road signage and landscaping including 24 new trees and 1800m2 of new turf.
Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr, Singleton Council’s Director Infrastructure and Planning said the new bike track would be positioned in the north western corner of the park, adjacent to the newly completed playground and in view of the café.
“We know how important this site is as a hub for recreation and play for visitors, but also how significant this facility is for our local community based on how often families used the old bike track,” he said.
“Given the old track is making way for the construction of the Arts + Culture Centre, we are really pleased that our community will not have to wait long for the new and improved track to be completed.
“The relocated track is the final piece of the puzzle for the new play area and has been designed to utilise the underused grass area in the north western corner of the park.”
Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said principal contractors Daracon moved onto site on Wednesday, and earthworks are underway.
“Not only will the replacement track be wider and a better surface, zigzagging around established trees and integrating with the existing playground, it will also be educational with children’s road signage to be installed which is a great starting point for kids to learn road rules,” he said.
“There will also be 24 new trees planted, which will complement the 33 trees that were planted in 2020.
“Townhead Park is undergoing a cultural transformation in 2021 and it’s exciting to see new facilities such as the Arts and Culture Centre, children’s bike path and playground connecting with the existing Visitor Information Centre and café as a place for people to meet and that reflects our identity as a community.”