As part of the Lions Park Refurbishment Project, drainage works have now begun at Lions Park. These works will see 150m of sub-surface drainage installed and the infilling of the current open drain.
Excavation of the site began on Monday 29th July and is anticipated to be completed in mid-September (weather permitting).
“This project is an important step in making Lions Park more user friendly for the whole community,” said Mayor of Forbes Cr Phyllis Miller OAM. “Filling in the current open drain will make Lions Park safer and more accessible for both visitors and residents and will take our amazing Forbes events to the next level.”
The project will see the current drainage channel widened temporarily to approximately 10m to allow for the installation of pipe work. This work will be completed in sections to ensure minimal disruption caused by water from the lake. Pedestrian diversions will be in place during this time, and the pedestrian bridge currently in place will be removed permanently.
“We will be using a sediment fence in the lake throughout the works,” said Phyllis.
“This is important to ensure the future of our beautiful lake and prevent any damage to this important community asset, so please don’t touch it!”
Sections of Lions Park will be closed to allow for these works but the park will remain functional at all times throughout the works. Temporary traffic lights will be installed at Junction St in late August to allow works to occur near the road however this is expected to cause only minimal traffic delays.
Upon completion of drainage installation the open drain will be filled and finished with turf, and the pedestrian footpath replaced to ensure immediate amenity and usability.
Residents and visitors are reminded to please be mindful of Council staff and observe site signage at all times.