A new regional park a win for the west
A reserve in the inner west has been turned into a regional park which will help bring the local community together.
With support from the West Gate Tunnel Project’s, West Gate Neighbourhood Fund and Hobsons Bay City Council, Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek has completed the upgrade of the GJ Hosken Reserve in Altona North. This milestone was marked by a community celebration event recently held at the reserve which included tree planting.
The upgraded reserve features a new adventure playground, fitness equipment, footpaths and chairs and tables.It also includes a multi-use court with a basketball hoop, a barbeque and two new shelters near the playground.
Further to this, a section of the western part of the reserve has been fenced to create an off-lead dog precinct, with new seating and bins. Geoff Mitchelmore OAM, President of the Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek, is upbeat about the project and what it will mean for the local community.
“WOW, what a transformation, from paddock to Regional Park – thanks West Gate Tunnel Project for the Neighbourhood grant and the City of Hobsons Bay for supporting Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek’s vision to develop a park for use by the local community.
“Also, dog owners now have a local dog-off-lead park, a facility that has been needed since the shared trail was built in 2017, and which will take the pressure of cyclists who had previously had to share the path with dogs, both on and off lead, under extremely dangerous situations,” says Geoff.
The GJ Hosken Reserve Upgrade is part of the Kororoit Creek Regional Strategy 2005 – 2030, and one of 19 projects funded as part of the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund Partnerships.
Read more about how the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is making a difference to communities in the West.