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Sneak Preview Open Day for Whittlesea’s Park

Friday 4 September, 2015

The opening of Whittlesea's new $5.1 million Toorourrong Reservoir Park has been rescheduled due to record cold conditions through winter stunting grass establishment in the picnic area.  

The park will now open permanently on Saturday 24 October with a community celebration.

The previously planned 19 September opening will turn into a sneak preview open day for locals to have a look at the park during the September school holiday period.

District Manager, John Williamson said the top picnic spot for Melbourne’s Northern suburbs was still too cold and wet after the 26 year record cold weather conditions.

"When it has been this cold the grass just hasn’t had a chance to really germinate and take hold – if we opened the park to visitors with the grass in this juvenile state it wouldn’t survive the expected foot traffic," said Mr Williamson.

"The sneak preview open day will include representatives from Melbourne Water, newly established Friends of Toorourrong and the City of Whittlesea."

"After the day we will re‐close the park to visitors to give the grass a chance to establish before the park opens permanently with a community celebration on Saturday 24 October.

"The City of Whittlesea will also join rangers on the day to introduce locals to the recently opened Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial which sits on the edge of the new lily pond within the park and provides a striking memorial to the 2009 fires," Mr Williamson said.

"We are also very excited to welcome a growing group of volunteers who have formed a Friends Group for Toorourrong and will be recruiting committed green thumbs keen to help care for the park."

Mr Williamson thanked locals for their keen interest in the park and said he was looking forward to showing the park off on Saturday 19 September from 10am–3pm.

"Park rangers will be welcoming visitors and answering questions about the park."

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