Major improvements ahead for Dingley Villages Spring Road Reserve
5 December 2017
Major improvements for Dingley’s Spring Road Reserve have been approved with new pathways, improved dog off-lead areas, park seating and new car parking to be delivered in Stage One of the works.
Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said Council has approved a Park Plan to guide upgrades to the impressive 34ha site to provide the Dingley community with fantastic community open space.
“The Park Plan had been developed following strong community consultation and will be a terrific result for the whole community to enjoy,” Cr Staikos said.
“The Spring Road Reserve is a huge area that will be a great place for the whole community to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle while enjoying the great outdoors.”
Stage One works, conducted over the next 18 months, will see $650,000 invested to provide:
- large unfenced off-lead dog area, relocated to the northern end of the park to allow dogs
- a large space to exercise away from other park users
- smaller fenced dog off-lead area for owners wanting a more controlled environment
- new car parking off Rowan Road – which will car provide overflow parking for the busy
- netball centre at Rowans Road Reserve
- new pathways.
Community consultation found 60% wanted to keen the name ‘Spring Road Reserve’ as the official name of the park.
The most popular uses for the parkland included walking, informal recreation, dog walking, quiet contemplation, picnics and running.
As funding becomes available, further stages will include features such as seating, shelters, drinking fountains and exercise equipment.
Council will also continue complex site investigations to determine whether sporting facilities can be accommodated on the former landfill site. The former sand quarry was filled with waste between 1970–mid-1990s before it was capped and a landfill gas extraction system installed in 1995, which continues to operate.
The site was opened to the public in 2016 with previous improvement works undertaken by Council including removal of weeds, replacement of fencing, new bins, car parking and an environmental management plan for the sensitive former landfill site.