The Parkes community has a new facility that is not only beautiful, but should make us all feel very proud.
This is the vision of Kerryn Jones, Parkes Shire Manager Cultural, Education and Library Services for the newly renovated and architecturally designed Parkes Library opening its doors to the public on Monday.
“We are really proud of the new space and strongly encourage our community, members or not, to come and check out this beautiful space and discover our new features.”
The $2.2 million expansion created indoor and outdoor areas in an innovative and modern expansion to deliver new dynamic art, cultural and education spaces including a Makerspace Studio.
There are also new meeting rooms, additional space for children’s programs, quiet
study spaces, and places to connect with technology.
“This project is a result of years of community consultation and feedback. More than 100 groups and organisations helped develop the concepts providing access to art and cultural experiences that are currently not available to our community,” said Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM.
Kerryn is very excited about the potential of developing it into a cultural centre. “With the Little Theatre across the road, and the new multi-purpose centre being built in Cooke Park, we will have a whole cultural precinct.”
Parkes Library staff members were equally happy to be ‘home’ starting a ‘new chapter’ in such a beautiful space, while members of the public commented on how lucky Parkes is to have such an awesome space.