New lease of life for Clayton South’s Keeley Park
7 January 2016
Major works to upgrade Keeley Park are now underway to improve the popular Clayton South reserve.
Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said the project was part of Council’s annual program to maintain and upgrade Kingston’s more than 100 parks and reserves.
“We’re working hard to provide our community with relaxing open space areas, well-maintained sports fields and enjoyable playgrounds to promote healthy, active lifestyles in our community,” Cr Bearsley said.
Plans to transform the park have been split into three stages, with stage 1 complete and stage 2 works beginning in January 2016. Key improvements include:
- new sports ground lighting for the soccer field
- three new sealed car parks next to the football/cricket oval, the soccer pavilion and the scout hall/men’s shed
- new pedestrian paths, public lighting and park fencing
- extensive plantings and landscape works.
A further round of stage 3 works will be undertaken in late 2016/ early 2017 and includes:
- a new playground, currently being designed with community feedback to be sought mid-2016
- picnic shelters and open space festival area
- pond and viewing deck areas.
The project also includes construction of an innovative drainage system that will collect storm water from the surrounding residential streets. The collected water is then filtered through a vegetated rain garden to clean the water so that it is suitable for reuse.
The treated water will be stored in large rainwater tanks holding 470,000 litres and used to irrigate the park’s sporting grounds, which will save millions of litres of drinking water each year and reduce the cost of water bills for the park.
The rainwater project will help keep the playing fields green – used by thousands of players at the Kingston City Soccer Club, Omega Cricket Club and Carnegie United Cricket Club – and will minimise the risk of flooding at the park.