Preliminary works to upgrade Cathro Park to create a link between the Railway Parklands Precinct and Queens Park in Toowoomba are expected to start in mid-April.
Toowoomba Regional Council’s Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said the upgrade would enhance the park and provide a better and safer pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, especially between Ruthven and Neil streets.
The project is jointly funded by Toowoomba Regional Council and the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions Program.
“The first stage of the upgrade covers the area from Ruthven Street to Neil Street. The second stage of the project from Neil Street to Hume Street will be delivered in the future as funding becomes available,” Cr Ramia said.
“The upgrade will include construction of a shared pedestrian/cycle connection with path lighting, demolition of the existing toilet block and replacement with new public amenities, and accessible and integrated utilities services for temporary vendors.
“Bike racks, bins, drinking fountains and seating will be installed throughout the park along with new wayfinding, information and flood warning signs.
“The existing trees including the Hoop pine trees will be retained with additional trees and groundcover to be planted.”
Cr Ramia said preliminary works were expected to start in mid-April 2018 with the project due for completion in October 2018, weather permitting.
“Following feedback gathered during public consultation in 2016, the design was refined and Council approved a Concept Master Plan for the upgrade in January 2018,” Cr Ramia said.
“The result will be a much-improved park that will be attractive to residents and visitors, pedestrians and cyclists. The upgrade will also feature some public art elements with Council establishing a Public Art Reference Group to guide the form and location of the artworks.”
During the works, parts of the park will be fenced at various stages to allow safe construction and there may be some disruption to the existing car parking spaces on Hodgson Street adjacent to the park.
Council will seek to minimise any disruptions during construction and thanks the community and businesses for their patience and co-operation.
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