It has been a long time coming, but improvements to the playground area in Lewiston – the former Lewiston school site on Hayman Road – are in motion.
DCM Strategic Infrastructure coordinator, Paul Kleghorn, is leading the three-stage project – and with recent government funding of $80,000, which was matched by council, he is excited by the developments planned for the area.
Mr Kleghorn said while the playground had been in place for a few years now, the site did not have a toilet, something council has been working to remedy for many months.
A unisex toilet facility, with baby change table and wheelchair/pram access is almost ready to be opened once new lighting is in place.
Mr Kleghorn said council, in conjunction with the community had identified the need for open space infrastructure within the Lewiston district and the first stage of this project would include new lighting, footpaths and toilet.
“The project will enhance the site and will be a popular facility utilised by the community and (may) attract visitors to the district,” he said.
“Stage 1 will provide a new paved wheelchair-compliant walking trail from the car park to the playground and leading to the barbecues, shelter and new toilet facility.”
In future stages the playground enchancement will also incorporate an electric barbecue, shelter area and separate community shelter with tables and chairs.
Landscaping of the area is also on the cards, with council hoping to establish a lawned area around the playground and native gardens bordering the newly constructed paved pathways.
Closing the playground site to vehicle traffic, installing secure fencing and building an adjacent carpark are also on the cards in the future.
“Things are starting to take shape here,” Mr Kleghorn said.
“This facility hopefully will be well-used by the community.”
Another important aspect of the playground development will be the relocation of the commemorative Lewiston School cairn, which has been located across the road for the past 23 years.
At the time it was unveiled in 1991, the land where the school had been was privately owned.
DCM’s Community Development and Advisory Committee chairperson, Anne Porter, has requested council relocate the cairn to the original school site. A new plaque, complete with wording which will reflect the history of the school, will be sourced to replace the damaged original.