A space for youth to hang out well on way
THE vision of giving Warwick teens a safe place to hang out is inching closer, with hopes the council's proposed youth space in Leslie Park will be completed by the end of the year.
The Daily News reported last year it was expected the work would be completed by March this year but a detailed design is yet to be completed.
This idea is the seven-year-old brainchild of a group of Warwick youngsters who saw a gap in the community.
Initial proposals suggested the project would cater for youth aged 14 years and over and include a performance area for outdoor concerts, a seating mound, tables and a play structure.
The space aims to provide play equipment that challenges teenagers' physical abilities but also gives them a place to hang out with their friends.
It was also proposed that lighting be installed to enhance safety and reduce the risk of "loitering" in the area.
The plan sat on the backburner for about six years before council found the money to fund the idea.
In the 2012/13 council budget, just over $1 million was set aside for parks works across the region, with $243,000 of that amount to be spent on play equipment, pathways and the youth space.
Community Facilities manager Michael Bell last week said work on the space was progressing.
"The landscape concept for the youth space project was recently signed off by council, which has allowed the project to move to detailed design for both the earthworks and the structure," he said.
Mr Bell said the council was about to engage a contractor to undertake the detailed design process.
"(This) is required to allow council to be specific regarding its requirements to any prospective tenderer who will complete this work," he said.
"This design should be completed in the next few weeks allowing council to move to tender for construction works."
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