Redevelopment of Denman Memorial Park now underway

An asset for the community

STAGE three of the major upgrade to revitalise the Denman Town Centre, the redevelopment of Denman Memorial Park, is now underway.

When fully completed, the four-part project will certainly enrich the township.

Stage one involved civil works in Paxton Street, including new storm water drainage, kerb and gutter and the construction of a layby for parking long vehicles.

Parking for caravans and RVs is on the western side of Paxton Street adjacent to Denman Memorial Park, while space for buses and coaches is directly opposite on the eastern side.

Stage two featured landscaping and furnishing.

That work was consistent with those used in the recent streetscape works on Ogilvie Street.

Native plant species will be used where possible, an event lawn installed, improvements to the existing War Memorial with sandstone paving, up lighting and new flagpoles and the installation of barbecue and picnic facilities - all designed to complement and enhance the appeal of the park.

Muswellbrook Shire Council is currently seeking grant funding to assist with the investiture of stage three.

That involves an accessible and inclusive playground installation guided by the principle of "Everyone Can Play" guidelines.

"It means it's designed for every member of the community," a council spokesperson said.

"At the heart of Everyone Can Play is the declaration that play is for everyone - regardless of age or physical capability.

"To ensure consistency with the overall heritage theme of the Denman Town Centre Masterplan, the play space design will include heritage images.

"The principle focus of the design for the redevelopment of the park has been to provide the community and visitors with an accessible and fully-inclusive space.

"To this end, stage four of the project is the construction of a new amenities block, including a Changing Places toilet facility."

The Changing Places amenity will greatly enhance accessibility and provide an important benefit as an appealing and inclusive stop-over point for families and those who require accessible amenities.

"The availability of the Changing Places facility will be an asset for Denman and complement those already existing in Dubbo and Newcastle," the spokesperson said.

"The Denman Town Centre Masterplan broadly outlines the community's vision for the Denman town centre in terms of streetscape, public domain assets and function and provided a basis for the designs for Ogilvie Street, refurbishment of the Denman Memorial Hall and upgrade of Denman Memorial Park."

The masterplan can be viewed on Muswellbrook Shire council's web site at www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au