Highlights of the draft Market Square Master Plan include:
Engaging Play Spaces
Spaces will be created from active, passive, creative, sensory and social types of play. Building on the existing equipment which will remain, there is a new high climbing net, sandpit, in-ground trampoline and basketball half court.
Upgrade Skate Park
An upgrade to the skate park space for use by a broader age and ability range.
Wide accessible paths create separation between areas and equipment. Paths double as junior and toddler bike routes.
It’s proposed that the existing sound shell space is recreated towards the south of the park to take advantage of the natural amphitheatre shape of the park. This includes a new shelter for performances or small gatherings at any time.
The plan includes restrooms, BBQ, shelters, drinking fountains, picnic tables and benches.
Raised Pedestrian Crossing
An option to have a raised pedestrian crossing linking the Town Hall Precinct to Market Square would allow for right of way for pedestrians and act as a traffic calming device. The plan allows for new parking along the Market Square fence at the Early Learning Centre end. With a small footpath along this section, families would be able to park and enter the Centre without crossing the car park.
The car park has been reorganised to include motorhome parking to improve traffic flow.
The project will be undertaken in stages. The stages could include:
Recreation and playground upgrade, pavilion, shelters, furniture, play equipment and landscaping
Install new restrooms, update street signage, earthworks and landscaping
Skate park and senior play area upgrade, extend accessible paths, equipment, structures, courts and fencing, landscaping and minor earthworks
Car Park resurfacing, existing path extension, raised pedestrian, linemarking