Fun park plan moves ahead

The concept plan for the redevelopment of Lions Park on Yallakool Road into a fun park is going out for public comment.

The concept plan for the redevelopment of Lions Park on Yallakool Road into a fun park is going out for public comment.

PLANS are moving forward to create a recreational 'fun park' in Cooma at the Lions Club Park on Yallakool Road with concept plans for the site set to go on public exhibition as early as next week.

Once released, residents will be given 28 days to comment on the development proposal which will feature a new playground, expanded picnic areas and the possibility of a flying fox.

The idea to utilise the Lions Park space was put forward by the Cooma Lions Club in 2012 and in conjunction with Cooma-Monaro Shire Council a list of items will be put forward to include in the new recreation park.

Council's Recreation and Property Manager Ross Lawley believes the redevelopment of Lions Park will go a long way to addressing the recreational needs of locals.

"The plan is filling a gap in current recreational activities on offer. It is one of the few parks in Cooma where it's possible to do something special with a playground," Mr Lawley said.

"Our playground strategy recognised that rather than a playground every few hundred metres we have more 'destination' places."

At the June meeting of the Recreational Facilities Committee, a number of projects included in the Lion's Club proposal were deemed high priority items.

The committee labelled expanded picnic areas, off-leash dog areas and walking paths as projects to receive greater attention.

Mr Lawley says at this stage it is too early to cement a starting date for the park's overhaul but can confirm his desire to begin work on Cooma's new 'fun park' in the coming months.

"I can't predict a timeframe. I would like to think we could have something done by early 2015."

"If we could do that it would be ideal."

The financial costs to redevelop the park are not yet known, however a figure of $1 million was thrown around when the idea was put forward two years.

"Council will be looking for joint-funding with the Lions Club who have indicated they will provide labour," Mr Lawley said.

"In principle council has committed to $30,000 but this won't do much for the initial playground.

"Once the plans are adopted by council funding will be the critical thing. We will start looking out for grants.

"Council will probably end up putting half the money in."

Although still in its infancy, the plans for the future of the Lions Park are set to deliver recreational activities which are currently not easily available for locals.

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