GO-AHEAD: A redevelopment for Lake Alford, south of Gympie, will include a second council off-leash dog park.
GO-AHEAD: A redevelopment for Lake Alford, south of Gympie, will include a second council off-leash dog park. Patrick Woods

Off-leash dog park and revamp approved for Lake Alford

GYMPIE Regional Council has approved a final plan for redeveloping Lake Alford, paving the way for a fenced off-leash dog park, new public amenities, exercise equipment and tree plantings.

The plan was adopted by the council last week and work will begin immediately on what will be the region's second council dog park, to be sited near the existing All Abilities Playground.

An off-leash dog park at Lake Alford follows the success of an existing park at Archery Park on the Bruce Hwy, while also complementing the Gympie RSPCA's own off-leash facility on Laurenceson Rd.

Community consultation last year played a major role in shaping the final plan.

Mayor Mick Curran welcomed the plan's approval last week and the immediate start on the dog park.

"Lake Alford is a great community asset for residents and visitors alike and it's vital we have a vision of how it will be improved upon and upgraded over time," he said.

"The improvements to Lake Alford will be staged and implemented according to council's resources and priorities."

THE PLAN INCLUDES:

A fenced off-leash dog park

New public amenities adjacent to the Gold Museum

A toddler bicycle area adjacent to toddler play area and Lions rotunda

Outdoor fitness equipment

An area set aside for suitable public art installations

Artificial wetlands to be planted in a semi-formal style to improve water quality within the lake

Increased numbers of trees for provision of shade and improve aesthetics, and

Extensions of footpaths within the reserve to improve access to infrastructure such as public amenities and car parks.

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