AN important step in the re-activation of Kangaroo Bay into a waterfront destination for residents and visitors has now been realised with the launch of Kangaroo Bay Parklands.
The newly opened area now includes place-based branding, a large all-age play area that incorporates water and net play, table tennis, basketball, a pavilion with barbecues and toilet facilities and interpretation panels detailing the history of the site.
The area also features a major public artwork – Kangooroo by Tasmanian artist Matt Calvert.
Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the launch of Kangaroo Bay Parklands was a key milestone in the redevelopment of Kangaroo Bay.
“The redevelopment of Kangaroo Bay has been a key strategic goal of Council for many years,” he said.
“Kangaroo Bay will be a focal point for our city – a central place for leisure, tourism, business and residence.
“With the Kangaroo Bay Urban Design Master Plan, Council has outlined an integrated approach to the development of the site and improving public amenity and access.”
Council has committed $7.8 million towards the full implementation of the master plan.
The Australia Government has contributed $5 million towards the precinct civil works, including the new Kangaroo Bay roads, intersections and services.
“Council has made a significant and worthwhile investment to improve the Kangaroo Bay waterfront and we look forward to the next stage of the redevelopment,” Mayor Chipman said.
Kangaroo Bay Parklands follows on from other completed stages of the project including the Youth Plaza Skate Park, the Kangaroo Bay Sporting Facility and the construction of the new Kangaroo Bay Drive and extension of Alma Street.
Caption: Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz with local Clarence youth welcoming the official opening of Kangaroo Bay Parklands in early April.