Mitchell Shire Cr Fiona Stevens, Mayor Rhonda Sanderson, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, Barbara Radford from Broadford Love in Action and Cr Bill Chisholm at the launch of the works on the renewal and upgrade of Broadford Memorial Park playground.

WORK is set to begin on the renewal and upgrade of Broadford’s Memorial Park playground in May.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes joined Mitchell Shire Council representatives on March 26 to launch the works as part of a project to activate Broadford’s parks and play spaces.

Located just off the main street, the well-used Memorial Park playground will soon feature a large structure with climbing and balancing challenges, multi-level platforms, two slides, a four-way rocker and triple swing.

The new play space is an upgrade to existing structures and will provide equipment for older children, whose needs are currently not met at the park. The upgrades will also include a shade sail, picnic table and fencing.

The project will include work at two other sites in Broadford and will see the installation of a nature playground and outdoor fitness equipment.

The project was funded with $720,000 from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said Memorial Park was ‘much loved’ and the upgrade would ensure it remained a popular community space for years to come.

“These new play-space projects in Broadford will add so much to the area. We couldn’t have done it without our valued partnership with the State Government and their contributions through the Growing Suburbs Fund grant,” she said.

“These improvements will breathe new life into parts of Broadford and create community spaces where people and families can come together.”

The Memorial Park playground will be closed during construction.

Nearby neighbourhood playgrounds that can be used in the meantime include: Govett Reserve, White Street; Donaldson Reserve, Donaldson Drive; Hamilton Reserve, Hamilton Street; Sutherland Park, Sutherland Street; and Rupert Reserve, Rupert Street.