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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

River bank, parks and reserves

The Council have put out a report on the status of the river banks, parks and reserves.
    • While some coastal area parks are now open, a number still remain closed, due to safety hazards and pollution.
    • Field assessments of high use parks such as sports parks, Hagley, Travis Wetland and Victoria Park have now been completed across the City
    • Remaining park assessments are programmed for the next two weeks.
    • Tree inspections have been undertaken in the Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park, Central City Riverbanks, Avon and Heathcote Riverbanks and in the high use parks in the eastern suburbs.
    • Initial impressions are that there has been significant land movement and cracking along waterways and within parks.
    • There is significant rockfall hazard present on the Port Hills, especially east of Bowenvale. Large numbers of mature trees will need to be removed where cracking and slumping is present in the root zone of the tree.
    • Large amounts of park footpaths, tracks, carparks and sealed playing surfaces (netball and tennis courts, for example) have been damaged. Liquefaction and slumping on turf is a significant issue, especially on playing surfaces.
    • There is minor liquefaction in the eastern parks and playgrounds, including St Lukes Reserve, Radley Park, Petrie Park, Shirley Community Reserve, Charleston Reserve, Cypress Gardens, Halberg Reserve.
    • Please adhere to any closure signs, tape or barriers
    • In total, out of 981 parks, 206 are damaged, 651 are operational and 53 are not operational. 277 have not yet been assessed.
The report can be found part way down the web page here. The page is updated frequently so is worth visiting often.

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