Update: Park Closure Wednesday 27 July
PARK CLOSURE RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, 27 JULY
Persistent wet weather means that asphalting work on South Lawson Park’s new shared accessible path will not take place on Tuesday 26 July, and the park will now remain open.
The full park closure will take place on Wednesday, 27July (7am - 5pm, once again, weather permitting) to allow this work to be done.
Unfortunately, a break in the rain is needed for this part of the upgrade to be completed and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by this necessary change in plans.
What's being done during the park closure?
One of the key upgrades planned for South Lawson Park is about to get underway with the first stage of the new accessible path almost ready to be laid.
The park needs to be fully closed to the public to allow around 800m of the path to be constructed quickly and safely along the southern side of the site.
The decision to close South Lawson Park for one day is a necessary safety precaution as hot asphalt will be laid and machinery will be in operation. This would pose a significant risk of injury to an overly enthusiastic dog who ran into the work area.
A one-day closure is the safest and fastest way to see this part of the upgrade work completed.
It is anticipated that at least one further closure will be required in the future to finish what is more than 2km of accessible path in and around the park.
A pre-sealing treatment has been applied along the path route (pictured). While the work area is cordoned off with flag bunting, visitors are advised to not walk on this material. It is a little sticky, but not harmful.
The work follows additional community consultation about the park upgrades in March which showed that a majority of residents support the vision for the park and the current plans and are eager for the project to be completed.
In addition to the path, the current project at South Lawson Park will also provide:
- A fenced dog off leash area
- A nature exploration play area
- Grass terrace seating
- Water refill stations and seating throughout the park, and
- Improved protection of the creek line, swamp and wet areas by extensive bush regeneration.
An extension for the current upgrade is currently being sought from the grant body, to deliver the project by June 2023 given delays due to additional consultation and unprecedented rainfall.