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Completion of Ewing Park to be marked with community come and try day

Media release

Residents are invited to mark the official opening of the two stage $4.97M Ewing Park redevelopment by Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf and Victorian Premier the Hon Jacinta Allan at a Community Come and Try Day featuring a range of activities from 9.30am to 12 noon on Saturday October 14, 2023.

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the Community Come and Try Day will feature a range of activities.

“There will be outdoor fitness classes, bouldering and rock climbing, bike riding activities on your own bike and learn to skate sessions plus other activities centred around AFL, cricket, walking football, and basketball,” Cr Metcalf said.  

“There will also be with coffee and a sausage sizzle available to purchase on the day.

“This has been an important project and a strong investment by the City and the Victorian Government to encourage residents to be active or just simply enjoy the parkland and all the new amenities that it offers. 

“There are so many great things for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy at the park and we look forward to it becoming a key destination for both residents and visitors in the future.

“Ewing Park is within walking distance to the city centre and is easily accessed from the popular Bendigo Back Creek Walking and Cycling Trail making it very accessible off road for many residents.

“I invite everyone to attend the Community Try and Day and remind them to bring along a water bottle, a picnic rug, wear sunscreen, a hat and clothing suitable to get active in.”

The Ewing Park Recreation Precinct Redevelopment has been undertaken in two stages to deliver a multipurpose community and sporting precinct that supports recreation and participation for people of all ages and abilities.

The $1.6M Stage One of the project was completed in 2020 and included:

  • Construction of new oval with irrigation system and AFL standard competition lights
  • Construction of a dual lane, synthetic walking/running track and picket fence around the perimeter of the oval

The $3.37M second stage of the project has included:

  • A new district level skate park
  • A learn to ride park and playspace 
  • A cycling trail hub shelter with repair station
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Rebound wall and Bouldering/Climbing wall  
  • A new accessible toilet block
  • Picnic/viewing area, seating zones
  • New car parks in Havlin Street West and Harcourt Street
  • Parkland areas with walking paths, barbecue facilities, seating, drinking fountains, landscaping and tree planting

The $4.97M Ewing Park Redevelopment has been a partnership project funded by the Victorian Government ($2.89M) and the City of Greater Bendigo ($2.08M).

Locations:
Greater Bendigo