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Snake Hollow Park Open for Play!

A new nature based park at Carlton is providing increased recreation and play opportunities for the local community.

Stage one works at Snake Hollow Park were recently completed and are already proving popular with local children and their families.

After many years of residents talking about the need for the establishment of a local park for the community of Carlton, a group of locals began working together in 2017 to refresh the call on Council to develop a local play space. Council secured funding of $20,000 in the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Grant Program to assist with the works completed to date.

Lenna Boxall and her family were amongst the group of locals calling on Council to provide a play space and improve the accessibility in Carlton. “There is no park within walking distance and no footpaths to safely walk/ride to the beach, School or bus stops. I feel that it is really important for the entire community to have access to outdoor spaces that encourage exercises, fresh air, outdoor play, as well as family and community time,” said Lenna.

A Council reserve accessed off both Moomere Street and Carlton Beach Road, referred to as ‘Snake Hollow’ by locals, was earmarked for the new park. Consultation with the local group Lenna’s family was part of, indicated a preference for a nature based play space in keeping with the local area, play equipment, a native plant trail, signage, BBQ and seating and open space for ball activities.

Council Project Engineer Anthony Walters said a park plan drawn by Lenna’s 9 year old daughter Molly was the inspiration for the design of the park. “Molly’s drawing and the natural bush setting at Snake Hollow made it easy for the development of the concept plan to come to life. I’m pleased we were able to get funding for the slide, spider web climbing net and swings for the playground. Since the original request came to have a nature based playground, we used natural materials such as timber and boulders as features in the park, also native trees and shrubs which complement the natural environment,” said Anthony.

Mayor Kerry Vincent said a small pump track for bike riding will be constructed at the park in time for Christmas and the summer holidays, and any future development of Snake Hollow Park will continue in stages, depending on availability of funding.

“Carlton is becoming increasingly popular with young families with many moving in to the area. This project has been talked about for many years and it’s absolutely wonderful to see it now coming to fruition.”

“The Carlton Dodges Ferry Loop which is currently under construction will provide further opportunities for local recreational activities. The Loop will incorporate Moomere Street, which is adjacent to Snake Hollow Park, and make accessing the park easier for local families.” said Kerry.

Andrew, Ivy, Mayor Kerry Vincent, Lenna, Pippy and Molly

Andrew, Ivy, Mayor Kerry Vincent, Lenna, Pippy and Molly

 

Communications, 02/11/2021