Pictured at the opening of the Mill Park Library landscaping project is Alexis and Ayla in the new outdoor area.

The City of Whittlesea this week celebrated major milestones at some of its most popular facilities and open spaces in Mill Park, Thomastown and Lalor.

Upgrades to outdoor spaces at Mill Park Library and Carrington Children’s Centre in Thomastown are now complete, while construction to revitalise Whittlesea Public Gardens in Lalor has began.

City of Whittlesea administrators Lydia Wilson and Chris Eddy were joined by Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny to mark council’s partnership with the State Government in delivering more than $5.2 million of upgrades through the Growing Suburbs Fund.

The outdoor upgrades at Mill Park Library have transformed the centre into a vibrant and inviting community hub, complete with a new outdoor learning space, accessible entry forecourt and sensory play area.

An inclusive outdoor learning and play space has been added to Carrington Children’s Centre, designed to support the sensory, physical and spatial preferences of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or additional needs.

Lalor residents have also welcomed the start of the $4 million Whittlesea Public Gardens redevelopment, which includes a new playground, a learn-to-ride area, and a picnic and barbecue precinct.

Future stages of the project will include a new skate park, an upgrade to the dog off-leash area, a rock-climbing wall, basketball courts and outdoor fitness equipment.

City of Whittlesea chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the contributions from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund had enabled council to update local facilities and parks sooner than expected.

“The improvements to Mill Park Library, Carrington Children’s Centre and Whittlesea Public Gardens are part of council’s plan to create welcoming and accessible spaces for people of all ages and abilities,” Ms Wilson said.

“We’re proud to partner with the State Government to provide inclusive community spaces to support the people who live, work, study, and visit the City of Whittlesea.”

For more information about recent and upcoming infrastructure upgrades in the City of Whittlesea, visit www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/majorprojects.