McLeod Park free event to showcase $220,000 upgrade

Council will host a free community celebration at McLeod Park on Thursday, 2 March from 10am to midday to celebrate recent improvements totalling $220,000. McLeod Park is located on George Street, South Windsor adjacent to the South Windsor shopping precinct, which is a key destination and gathering place for residents.

The celebrations will include cake cutting, face painting, a pop-up library, a Council sponsored free sausage sizzle and a giant Connect-4 game. Peppercorn Services and The Women’s Cottage will also be providing activities for children. Hawkesbury Child and Family Services, Hawkesbury Community Kitchen, and Hawkesbury Community Health Services, Hawkesbury Hospital, will also be on hand to provide information to the community.

The park has been improved using $170,000 Council funding as well as a $50,000 Social Housing Community Improvement grant from the NSW Government’s Department of Family and Community Services. The park now boasts new picnic shelters and barbeques, new play equipment and fresh landscaping to create a functional, accessible outdoor community space for everyone to enjoy.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett said it is a welcome facelift for the long- established park.

“It’s wonderful to see that Council has reinvigorated McLeod Park, as it is surrounded by a lot of local housing, which mean local residents can easily pop over any time to enjoy the park for recreation and exercise or have a picnic with friends and family,” the Mayor said.

“Children will also enjoy the chance to frolic and play in the open space and on the new play equipment.

“The Park’s central location will act as a catalyst to bring people together and to provide opportunities forincreased social interaction, and community run projects including shared gardening spaces.”

A community garden will be created to encourage social interaction and to help to promote a sense of prideand resident ownership of the community space.

“Our vision is that the park upgrades will increase accessible recreational opportunities and contribute to the revitalization of the South Windsor town centre,” the Mayor continued.

“I hope this event will help to connect the communities around South Windsor and raise awareness of the services that are available in this area.

“I look forward to meeting the local residents of South Windsor and everyone in the community who can come along to our park celebration.”

This event is part of a series of Council events to be held during 2017 that aim to connect our community. For details on more upcoming events in the Hawkesbury, please visit Hawkesbury Events Facebook.