The Botanic Gardens nature playground has become a popular play destination and now Council will progress the final stage of design for perimeter fencing.
The construction of the project was planned in three stages: playground construction, shade sail installation and perimeter review and fence installation.
Parks and gardens portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said this approach was not only a budget consideration but allowed Council time to observe how the play space was used.
“The Botanic Gardens playground has a strong nature theme so staff were mindful of unnecessarily fencing it off from the surrounding area,” Cr Honor said.
“We wanted families to feel connected to the rest of the gardens and the other wonderful facilities in the area.
“The Botanic Gardens playground was intended to be fenced but given the extent of the upgrade, which included increasing the playground area, it’s important to make sure we get it right.”
However he said initial observations and community feedback had made it clear that some level of fencing would be required.
“Over the course of the next two months staff will observe play behaviour in the area to determine the best location for fencing and then produce plans for design and construction.”
Cr Honor said the Botanic Gardens playground fencing project was expected to be completed this financial year.