Crystal Brook residents welcome park and main street upgrades

NATURE: Bowman Park's Nature Play Space is set to become a popular spot for residents and visitors to the area. Image supplied: Port Pirie Regional Council.
NATURE: Bowman Park's Nature Play Space is set to become a popular spot for residents and visitors to the area. Image supplied: Port Pirie Regional Council.

Bowman Park's Nature Play Space has opened to the public and it set to become a popular tourist spot in the region.

The collaborative project between Port Pirie Regional Council and the Bowman Park Management Committee has been funded through the federal government's Drought Communities Program.

Adding to the natural wonders of Bowman Park, the nature playground features interactive structures and landscapes for children to explore such as pathways, log scrambles, build your own cubby, balance logs, treasure hunt, tunnels and soft fall.

Council and the Bowman Park Management Committee encourage families and children to visit and enjoy the new facility and ask that visitors keep within the following:

  • Parents/carers of children provide adequate supervision.
  • Respect is given to the Nature Play elements and sculptures provided in the park.
  • Adherence is paid to all current and future COVID-19 restrictions as directed by the South Australian Government.

Council would like to thank the community for their patience, understanding and cooperation as the project was brought to completion.

WORKS: Works have commenced on Bowman Street in Crystal Brook with the removal of pepper trees. Image supplied: Port Pirie Regional Council.

WORKS: Works have commenced on Bowman Street in Crystal Brook with the removal of pepper trees. Image supplied: Port Pirie Regional Council.

In addition, work has now begun on transforming Bowman Street in Crystal Brook, following community consultation.

The main street improvements have been made possible thanks to funding from council's Capital Works program, together with funding sourced from round two of the federal government's Drought Communities program and the state government's Places for People program.

Improvement works either completed or set to be carried out include:

  • Trenching for the underground power from the toilet block at Adelaide Square to the end of the central median at Brandis Street.
  • Trenching for the underground water across Brandis Street between Vault 35 and Reflections.
  • New bike racks have already been installed adjacent to the Library and Foodland.
  • New seating at the front of the Library - the existing garden beds will be cut down, with recycled timber slats installed to create seating.
  • Removal of three pepper trees which have been identified by an arborist as being in poor condition.
  • Installation of a new shelter for the centre median, installation of new street furniture and bollards.
IMPROVEMENTS: Trenching for undreground power and water has also begun along Bowman Street in Crystal Brook. Image supplied: Port Pirie Regional Council.

IMPROVEMENTS: Trenching for undreground power and water has also begun along Bowman Street in Crystal Brook. Image supplied: Port Pirie Regional Council.

Garden beds will be irrigated and replanted with plants and shrubs. Uplighting will also be installed to highlight trees.

The kerb and gutter will be repaired and the road and parking areas resealed as part of the 2020/21 capital budget.

Council will also work with the Crystal Brook Community Association in developing guidelines for improvements to shopfronts and verandahs as part of round two of the Drought Communities program, which is pending approval.

A coloured plan showing the scope of works and key features of the Bowman Street improvements will soon be available.

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