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Published on : Friday, December 18, 2015
The first tender of the $10.68m investment into the Reserve has been released today to deliver works at Dripstone Park, Lee Point and the Free Beach.
The Reserve near Darwin’s northern suburbs is the Territory’s most popular park or reserve with approximately 900,000 visits each year.
The Reserve provides locals and visitors with a beach and bushland escape in the heart of suburban Darwin where visitors are able to walk, cycle, picnic and relax watching popular sunsets.
Minister Price was excited to make the announcement. ‘Outdoor activities are what make Darwin so special. With the Reserve becoming increasingly more popular it was essential to upgrade the facilities to accommodate new and regular users. The walking paths and recreational spaces will now be more accessible with the upgrades including BBQ’s and new drinking fountains. I am very pleased to announce this tender open and look forward to the work commencing’
The works under this first package include:
Installation of a new toilet block at Dripstone Park;
Installation of three new modern picnic shelters at Dripstone Park, including a larger one for functions. (Shelters designed by local Architects Troppo Design)
Upgrading of BBQs and picnic tables at Dripstone Park and Lee Point
Installation of drinking water fountains at Dripstone Park and Lee Point
Installation of recycling bins at Dripstone Park, Lee Point and the Free Beach car park
Installation and upgrading of perimeter fencing at Dripstone Park and the Free Beach
Installation of new solar powered lighting at the Free Beach carpark
Landscaping of the traffic islands at the Free Beach car park
The tender is set to be awarded to the successful contractor in late January or early February, with works set to begin soon after.
The tenders for the other components within the $10.68m upgrade are expected to be released in early 2016 with works due to start before the 2016 Dry Season.