GIVING Centennial Park a new lease of life is an issue Tony Thorpe is going to take to the 2012 Local Government elections in Bathurst.
Mr Thorpe this week nominated to run for council at the September 8 poll.
He says that if it is the intention to fully optimise the value of one of the last greenfield sites close to the Central Business District, then several points should be taken into consideration.
“Tourism, recreation, leisure, youth, aged, outdoor artspace, economic, environmental, ecological and water as a focal point should be all on the agenda,” Mr Thorpe said.
“Using the slope of the site is vital and could lend itself to the application of a shallow, but large, expanse of water and is appealing for functional recreational use with the opportunity for radio-controlled boats and a cascade waterfall through a garden.
“This slope could include a man-made cascade from the high point through the parkland. Trees around the perimeter could provide shade and deciduous plant types would reflect the region’s changing seasons.
“Having a water presence in any area is relaxing and makes the venue more attractive as a picnic and family-friendly place.”
Mr Thorpe said if the idea of an expansive water garden could be created, then the idea of a bridge through the parkland water body could also included.
He said parking is another issue that has to be addressed, as has been highlighted by a shortage of spaces at the Adventure Playground.
Other points Mr Thorpe would like considered with the Centennial Park makeover include consideration of an outdoor model railway and user-friendly playground equipment for the kids.