Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) next week will start repairs on the walls adjacent to the sandstone arch at the Lindsay Street entrance to the Queens Park Botanic Gardens.

TRC Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Tim McMahon said Council would start the renewal works from Monday, April 19.

Cr McMahon said the project involved removing older sections of the arch’s wing walls and rebuilding the arch wing walls on new footings.

“The work is expected to take four to six weeks, weather permitting,” Cr McMahon said.

“Council anticipates that the work will require temporary footpath closures or restricted access along the Lindsay Street footpath, opposite the Toowoomba Bowls Club.

“The arch will be closed to public access during the project, with all-access entry points at the Godsall and Campbell Street entrances, as well as pathways on the southern side of the Botanic Gardens. There are other entry points to the Botanic Gardens north of the sandstone arch along Lindsay Street and off Campbell Street.

“Council has notified Queens Park user groups, including parkrun, about the temporary access changes.

“Council thanks residents for their patience and cooperation for the duration of the project.”

In a separate project, Cr McMahon said work was progressing on the upgrade of the Botanic Gardens amenities block.

Cr McMahon said the old facilities were demolished last week, with work starting soon on the construction of a new amenities block.

“The new building will face east-west and includes three female cubicles, three male cubicles and a Persons with Disability (PWD) cubicle with baby change facilities. Landscaping works and installation of lighting and City Safe security services are also included as part of the construction,” Cr McMahon said.

“Work on the Botanic Gardens Amenities building is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

“Council also is upgrading the Vera Lacaze Park Amenities upgrade, on the Margaret Street side of the park. This also is due to be completed by mid-2021.”

The amenity upgrade projects are the latest instalments of the $12 million Queens Park Revitalisation project, which is jointly funded by the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program and Toowoomba Regional Council.