New park set to bowl lo­cals over

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THE former Can­ning­ton Bowl­ing Club is set for a facelift, with the City of Can­ning promis­ing to turn the site into a park with a dif­fer­ence.

Areas for pop-up op­er­a­tions such as com­mer­cial spa­ces, mar­kets and food truck events, and ameni­ties such as bar­be­cues, bas­ket­ball or ten­nis courts, toi­lets, ad­ven­ture play­ground and out­door cinema are all po­ten­tial op­tions for the Ge­orge Street West site near the civic ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

A draft com­mu­nity en­gage­ment plan is in de­vel­op­ment to guide the next steps of the project and pro­vide com­mu­nity feed­back.

Mayor Paul Ng said en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity was vi­tal to the project’s suc­cess and the City wanted the new park to im­prove the area’s vi­brancy.

“This site is ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing so many won­der­ful el­e­ments to our com­mu­nity and it’s re­ally im­por­tant that the com­mu­nity has in­put on what they’d like to see hap­pen to this area,” he said.

“We know our com­mu­nity is fo­cused on cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing areas where fam­i­lies can en­joy the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings and have space to kick a footy around.

“They also re­ally want us to de­velop areas that make the City a more vi­brant place to live and con­nect the whole Can­ning com­mu­nity.”

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment on the Civic Cen­tre Gar­dens Master­plan will take place in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, with a fi­nal coun­cil de­ci­sion for the site ex­pected in mid-2019.

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