Park upgrade powering ahead

Published on 24 September 2021

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The redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth Park continues to roll on despite the current COVID-19 lockdown.


The $1.2 million upgrade will provide a new and improved home for the Penrose Park Picnic Train along with a host of upgrades to park amenities including new play equipment, accessible toilets, paths, a BBQ area, and renewable energy-powered lighting and CCTV.


With a revamp of the adjoining dog park recently completed, Council's General Manager, Jay Nankivell, said the remainder of the park was on track to be completed by Christmas.


"We've actually been quite lucky with the park. We've had some setbacks with fencing and irrigation, but it's probably one project that hasn't been hit too hard by delays due to the lockdown," he said.


"New accessible paths are being laid, paving has been completed around the rotunda, and the seating and rail-themed play equipment has arrived.


"The new disability and family-friendly toilet block has also arrived and will provide clean, modern facilities like those at Patton Park."


Mayor Darriea Turley AM said the revival of the park would be a win for the community and the West Darling Machinery Preservation Society, who operate the Picnic Train.


"I think everyone will be excited to see the park receive the much-needed facelift, but I'm also really excited about what it will mean for the Machinery Preservation Society," said Mayor Turley.


"They'll have a new dedicated space with access to power and water in a wonderful recreational location.


"It will make the train more accessible for the community and enable the Society to host great family events to raise funds to continue preserving our city's history."


The Queen Elizabeth Park upgrade is being funded by Broken Hill City Council, NSW Police, and the NSW Government through the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.