Works to revitalise Bloomfield Park in the heart of Cleveland have begun.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the project was an exciting step in the revitalisation of Cleveland’s CBD.
“This project will create a people-friendly showpiece in the middle of Bloomfield Street which builds on the existing park’s popularity with families,’’ Cr Williams said.
“The park will feature a colourful new play sculpture designed by Redlands artist David Renn, who created the original and very popular Bloomfield Street sculpture as well as the turtle sculpture at Cleveland Point.
“The design is heavily influenced by the feedback we received from the community.
“When it is completed mid-year, you will find improved seating and lighting, along with a performance area for community events and refurbished public amenities.
“As part of Council’s open for business objectives the new park will also be Wi-Fi enabled, allowing people to sit and have a coffee while either conducting business or staying connected.
“The park will also have trees and inviting open grass spaces, which have helped to make it such a popular lunch spot and play area for kids.’’
Divisional 2 Councillor for Cleveland Craig Ogilvie said Council would work to ensure disruption was minimal during construction.
“I am looking forward to seeing David’s bright new sculpture delight families visiting the park, just as his whale sculpture has done for years. Unfortunately the old sculpture has been literally loved to bits and parts of it had become unsafe and off-limits,” Cr Ogilvie said.
“The contractors will move in next week to begin demolishing existing structures, with the new park expected to be completed by mid to late June depending on the weather.
“During construction, there will signs in place to advise people what’s happening, along with David’s impression of his sculpture, so please bear with us over the next few months as Bloomfield Park is transformed.’’
Member for Cleveland, Dr Mark Robinson assisted in securing $200,000 in State Government funding for the upgrade, with Redland City Council contributing another $300,000.