Construction will start mid-February 2017.
This $520,350 project is funded by the Victorian Government ($340,000) and Shire of Campaspe ($180,350).
The playspace features a paddlesteamer shell with port deck, an open cubby with play tables and 1 metre high slide, triple swing including seat for children of all abilities, turtle play sculpture with tunnel, spinner, frog spring rocker, water play pump and channel, hay bale climbers, and vertical and horizontal play logs.
The playspace and surrounds will also incorporate trees, table and park seating, drinking fountain, recycled brick paving, stone wall edging, asphalt pathway and decking to be constructed from timber set aside from the Echuca wharf refurbishment project.
As part of the same project, the Allison Barge, will be moved from its current location near the existing playground, to the southern end of the port precinct.
Allison Barge is an important part of Echuca’s history. Information panels, telling its story, will be installed along a new pathway which will start at the Campaspe Regional Library and wind along the riverfront to Murray Esplanade. The pathway will include new park seating, new native garden beds and additional native trees planted to provide shade opportunities.
Relocation of the barge from the northern end of the port precinct will open up the view to the river when entering Echuca from Warren Street as well as the view of Hopwood Gardens. In its new position, the barge will provide an iconic entry point, signalling to the visitor, the arrival of the port at its southern end.