KidsTown set for milestone

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Shepparton’s KidsTown is hoping to modernise its facilities and services after 25 years of operation with the help of the local community.

Celebrating the milestone next year, Greater Shepparton City Council is seeking public feedback regarding a new design concept for the redevelopment.

Council leisure facilities team leader Steven Wilson said KidsTown received 150000 to 160000 visitors a year, of which about 60 per cent were from outside the Greater Shepparton region.

Mr Wilson said the works would help renew the equipment and facilities and hopefully attract more local visitors.

‘‘It’s about also staying on trend with new technology,’’ he said.

Already collating feedback from different sources, Mr Wilson said the installation of a splash park had been a popular idea so far.

Other suggestions on the council’s survey include more all-abilities accessible play equipment, nature-based play, activities for teens and adults, a bicycle education park, picnic outdoor areas, paid features such as mini golf, laser tag, rock climbing and indigenous and multicultural programs.

‘‘We tried to keep it as broad as we can because we didn’t want to limit anyone,’’ Mr Wilson said.

He said works were always under way, with the most recent upgrades being to the intersection on the Midland Hwy.

‘‘We’ve constantly done renewals and upgrades since the beginning of KidsTown,’’ he said.

Mr Wilson encouraged the community and any visitors to share their experiences and ideas through the online survey to ensure the facility’s sustained future.

‘‘We’re hoping to get as many responses as we can, so KidsTown can hopefully stick around for another 25 years,’’ he said.