Richardson Park on track for pre-Christmas opening
Richardson Park is on track to be open for Christmas with the turf laid this week.
The fences could come down as early as Friday on the project which the council is delivering on behalf of Station 73 (Central Place) and Development Victoria with funding from the National Stronger Regions Fund and Development Victoria.
The city’s newest green space includes a decorative water tank and stand, reminiscent of the tanks used to fill the steam trains at the former railway site and has been designed in conjunction with Development Victoria.
An interactive sculpture by Xavier Pinard, whose works feature across the region, consisting of a horse and climbing bars like a set of cow’s horns symbolising a herd of cattle.
A reference to the Wodonga saleyards which was situated in the area, the pieces of the work titled Droving will offer various climbing, tunnelling and cubby spaces for imaginary play and will complement the water play which will move through the site.
Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said she joined the community in the excitement on seeing the space taking shape.
“We’ve seen many changes in our city centre over the past eight to 10 years and the completion of the new Richardson Park is another piece of the puzzle,” she said.
“This fantastic new space is testament to the city continuing to recognise its heritage with the continuation of the Richardson name in a prominent place in our CBD as well as the elements, including the wonderful horse by Xavier Pinard, which is a nod to the site’s rail and saleyards history.
“We look forward to seeing how people use and enjoy this space, from Junction Square, into the station precinct and to the new Sidings Park being developed by Station 73.”
With the completion of Richardson Park, some changes will be made to parking and pedestrian movement in Church St for the safety of everyone enjoying the space.
A pedestrian crossing will be painted across Church St between Richardson Park and Junction Square to allow people to move safely between the two open spaces.
The long vehicle bay next to Junction Square will become a 20-minute parking zone while the northern end of Church St will be a two-hour zone.
There is parking in and around the precinct including new parking off South and Smythe streets in Aurora Way. For the safety of those enjoying the park, from Friday, there will be limited parking alongside the open space.
Drivers are asked to exercise caution and observe signage in the area.