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Breathing new life into beloved Lalor park

Breathing new life into beloved Lalor park

Monday, September 06, 2021

Whittlesea Public Gardens in Lalor will soon be transformed into an inviting outdoor recreation hub, with construction set to start later this year on an extensive redevelopment of the park and playground.

Signalling a new era for the popular Lalor park, the upgrade will re-energise the area and create a modern space to get active, socialise and enjoy the outdoors.

The first stage of the redevelopment of Whittlesea Public Gardens will include an impressive new playground, equipped with a large play tower, double flying fox, rope climbing unit, swings, slides, in-ground trampolines, rockers and nature play.

The new learn-to-ride area is sure to be a hit with young cyclists, with the park’s fun-sized roundabouts, speed bumps, intersections and crossings, providing hours of fun and education.

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said that the redevelopment of Whittlesea Public Gardens would return the park to its former glory and reflect the changing recreation needs of the Lalor and Thomastown community.

“Whittlesea Public Gardens has been a central gathering place for the communities of Lalor and Thomastown for decades,” Ms Wilson said.

“The much-anticipated upgrade will return the park to a hive of activity, feature-packed with equipment and play zones to meet the current and future needs of the local community.

“We look forward to celebrating the rich history of the site by reimagining its most popular features including the lake, wetlands and play area and welcoming a new generation of Lalor and Thomastown residents to Whittlesea Public Gardens.”

The redevelopment of Whittlesea Public Gardens will be delivered in stages. The first stage is expected to be complete by mid-2022. Future stages will include a skate park, upgrade to the dog off-leash area, rock climbing wall, basketball courts and outdoor fitness equipment.

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Council’s $2 million investment into the first stage of the Whittlesea Public Gardens transformation is supported by a $2 million contribution from the Victorian Government.