THE formerly-neglected vacant land at the corner of Forest and Inglis Streets in Buninyong has been transformed into a high order recreation area offering youth the choice of many facilities including Parkour equipment, a BMX cycle track, and basketball facilities. Funding for the projects has come from the recreation budget of the City of Ballarat, ($70,000 for the Parkour), the Buninyong Engaging Communities Fund which contributed $40,000 for the Skate space and pump track, and a grant of $30,000 from the Buninyong Community Bank.
The Youth Activity Space was officially opened last Saturday with many youngsters taking advantage of the new faculties in their town.
Another feature of the development is the close proximity to the new barbeque shelter, which was constructed by the Lions Club of Buninyong and Mt Helen.
Local youth was closely engaged in the development of the Youth Space. Cr Peter Innes added that the park was part of the master plan for the Buninyong Recreation Precinct.
“This is just another aspect of it to try and engage our youth,” he said. “It’s giving young people something else to do, particularly outside.”
Cr Innes said he has not heard one negative word from anyone.
“Everyone is excited. The Lions Club think it’s a good thing, they are trying to revolve people around various barbeques, so just the whole recreation around Buninyong is fantastic. “There is more to do yet and we need to look at master planning for soccer in Buninyong and we are hoping to get some work done on that in the next three to four months.”