$30,000 for Lions Park

WHETHER it is a leisurely stroll through a tranquil pine forest or the rush of the air through your hair on a flying fox, a new recreation park in Cooma is a step closer to becoming a reality.

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council committed $30,000 towards establishing a playground at Lions Park, Yallakool Road, where a state of the art facility will be constructed to increased the recreational opportunities on offer for locals.

At a council meeting on Monday, August 11, councillors unanimously voted in favour of allocating the money towards the project which was put forward by the Cooma Lions Club in 2012 in the hope of utilising the vacant space of Lions Park.

The playground's concept plan is currently on public exhibition and submissions to the plan close at 5pm Thursday, August 21.

People are encouraged to comment on the park's design to assist council with future developments to the reserve.

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

The committee highlighted a walking path, off-leash dog areas, a pine forest and a new playground as projects to receive greater attention.

It is expected the playground will cost in the vicinity of $200,000 with council's contribution primarily acting as seed funding to enable grants to be applied for.

Council expect the design and planning of the playground to begin immediately once the concept plan and approval of funding is adopted.

Following the completion of the design stage, installation of the new playground is hoped to be started by 2015.

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