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Jubilee Park, Woodford

Woodford playspace officially opened

News Article Date: 
Friday, 11 March 2016

The new playground, social gathering space and pedestrian bridge at Woodford’s Jubilee Park was officially opened this afternoon.

The design was developed by Friends of Jubilee Park and Woodford Primary School students working with Warrnambool City Council.

The project emerged after school students undertook a community planning project and, in a presentation to Council, identified the reserve as a valuable community asset that needed improvement.

That was the catalyst for the development of a park master plan and in 2009 the formation of Friends of Jubilee Park.

Chairperson of the Friends of Jubilee Park Tricia Blakeslee said that today’s official opening was the culmination of six years of work.

“Everyone has worked together to achieve this. It’s been a long process but it’s been really worth it,” she said.

“It goes to show what you can achieve if you work together and you have a focus, and the community will be healthier for it.

“To think that this is public land for all the community to share is wonderful.”

Warrnambool City Council Mayor Kylie Gaston said that Jubilee Park is now one of the most beautiful playgrounds you will find in the state.

“All parties involved have achieved a remarkable final outcome to create a really great space,” she said.

“It’s really interesting to hear the kids refer to it today as their own little Lake Pertobe.”

Initial work in 2011 saw the removal of damaged infrastructure and vegetation, the creation of new shared pathways and the installation of water storage and access points for the fire brigade.

The project also included improved parking areas at the entrance to the reserve and next to Woodford Primary School.

The path between the park and Hopkins Highway was also resurfaced.

The total project cost was $574,362 which includes the following contributions:
• Victorian Government (Putting Locals First) $274,000
• Victorian Government (Sport and Recreation Victoria) $100,000
• Warrnambool City Council $171,587
• In kind support from the Friends Group, Woodford Primary School, Council and the Warrnambool Art Gallery valued at $28,775

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