Blue Bird, Lismore parks renewed with new equipment
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This article was published 15/06/2022 (353 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On June 2, Point Douglas city councillor Vivian Santos, together with Brooklands School principal Rex Ferguson-Baird, students and community residents celebrated the final redevelopment of Blue Bird and Lismore Parks, located in the Brooklands neighbourhood, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the intersection of Lismore Avenue and Oddy Street.
“During the pandemic, we realized that public green spaces and city parks are safe havens where families and neighbours can come together and enjoy being outdoors together safely,” Santos said. “I am very honoured to be able to join the students of Brooklands School and area residents to finally celebrate the redevelopment of these two beautiful neighbourhood parks. This newly developed green space is particularly special as area stakeholders participated in a public engagement back in 2018 and they were instrumental in how the park is defined today.”
“The community has welcomed this renewal project with much enthusiasm. I see families and kids playing here every day, with the addition of the skating rink the space sees even more year-round use,” Ferguson-Baird said. “This is not only a park opening, it is a lesson for our children in being citizens in a democratic society. Two years ago, we hosted the planning of this project, at the school. Student and their families met with community members to dream and co-create the plans for the parks. Last year we celebrated the sod breaking together, and now our students get to see the official opening.”
The focus at Blue Bird park was installation of new play equipment and a two-bay swing set, replacement of existing light poles and fixtures with new LED pole lights. Other features include a new compacted granular path, new site furniture, picnic areas and tree plantings. The approximate cost for this project is $203,667.
At Lismore Park, the focus was on retaining the space as open grass, allowing for yearly renewal of the pleasure staking rink in the winter months and un-programmed play in the summer time. Other new features include a new compacted granular path and wood fencing materials to match Blue Bird Park. The approximate cost for this project is $69,474.
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Vivian Santos is city councillor for Point Douglas.