You might have noticed work starting to happen in and around Cooke Park recently that will totally transform the southern end of the Parkes CBD over the next 12 months.
The project includes the Lower Clarinda Street upgrades and the new Cooke Park multipurpose centre. The $8.5 million project forms part of the Parkes CBD Vibrancy Strategy, which was developed from consultation with the community in 2016.
Council recently completed water main renewal works in lower Clarinda Street in preparation for the CBD vibrancy project to start next Thursday, 8th August, while Cabonne Constructions have begun preliminary site works in Cooke Park.
The old Community Hall will be demolished in September to make way for the new multipurpose centre.
The new multipurpose centre will include an events stage, multipurpose room (80 seat capacity) with kitchen facilities, flexi-room, store room and public toilets.
The revitalisation of Lower Clarinda Street has been designed to address specific issues identified during the consultation process. The project will include the construction of new roads, kerbs, gutters and drainage, installation of new street furniture, a new entry sign, landscaping and irrigation, as well as smart street lights.
Construction will stand down during the 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival.
Expected completion date is the second half of 2020. To allow for the work to be undertaken, a number of temporary changes to traffic and pedestrian conditions will be implemented at times and will be advised in advance.