Track and gym launched

Ward councillor Dave Bryant holding his daughter, Bailey, 2, with Matthew Kempthorne, Brandon Golding and Nicola Jowell.

Ward councillor Dave Bryant and fellow City officials and residents launched the Lower Molteno Track and outdoor gym in Gardens on Saturday October 19.

The installation of the track and gym forms part of a three-year ward allocation project which was initiated and driven by Mr Bryant to improve and upgrade the public open space on the corner of Camp and Upper Orange streets.

Before the improvements were implemented, the space had become derelict and was the source of many complaints from residents and surrounding businesses.

The launch included a free outdoor yoga session. The final phase of the improvements will include the installation of improved lighting, a drinking fountain and the planting of citrus trees.

Mr Bryant said the upgrade had had a positive impact on the look and feel of the area.

“It is fantastic to see so many people from all walks of life making use of the space. We will continue to invest in improvements to public open spaces across the ward as this is one of the most effective ways that we can make a difference,” he said.

The site forms part of a large erf which is currently owned and managed by the City’s water department and includes the historic Lower Molteno Reservoirs.

Mr Bryant said he recently met with representatives of the water, parks and heritage departments to look at a plan to restore and improve the space around the reservoirs which are in desperate need of attention.