Lake Alford could soon get a make-over

LAKE Alford could soon have a fenced area for dogs to run off their leash, a toddler bicycle area, outdoor fitness equipment and public art installations.

These and other improvements to Lake Alford Park, otherwise known as the Gympie duck ponds, have been proposed in a draft plan for the parkland, which is open for public comment until June 11.

The aim of the draft plan is to guide the council and community groups wanting to contribute to improvements to the park.

The plan also sketches out possible new locations for pedestrian paths and shelters, new amenities, artificial wetlands and car parking.

"Council recognises that Lake Alford Park is well utilised by the public for many purposes and it is important to have a vision of how this will be improved upon and upgraded over time," Mayor Ron Dyne said.

The draft plan is open for public comment until Wednesday, June 11.

It can be viewed online at www.gympie.qld.gov.au/major-projects or is on display at Gympie Regional Libraries.

Email your feedback to council@gympie.qld.gov.au.

NEW AND IMPROVED: This plan outlines the changes proposed for Lake Alford Park aka the Gympie duck ponds.
NEW AND IMPROVED: This plan outlines the changes proposed for Lake Alford Park aka the Gympie duck ponds. Contributed

Fast facts

Proposed improvements at Lake Alford:

  •  Fenced off-leash dog area
  •  Toddler bicycle area adjacent to toddler play area and Lions rotunda
  •  New public amenities adjacent to the Gold Museum
  •  Outdoor fitness equipment suitable for use by individuals and groups such as boot camps
  •  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 improved aesthetics
  •  Extensions of footpaths within the reserve to improve access to public amenities and car parks
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