Tolmans Hill Park upgrade sets the stage for greater wilderness play

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The City of Hobart has begun work on a major upgrade to Tolmans Hill Park which includes the addition of fully accessible toilets and off-street parking for the disabled.

“The installation of fully accessible restrooms, a covered shelter, picnic tables and barbecue grills will really make this a special place for families and people with disabilities,” the mayor of the city of Hobart, Anna Reynolds.

“Tolmans Hill Park is set in beautiful native bush and landscaped to match the spirit of the place.

“These new facilities will allow families to spend much more time outdoors in a natural setting where parents can relax and let their children enjoy Hobart’s beautiful natural surroundings.

“Research increasingly shows the importance of nature play for children and how time spent playing in natural environments like Tolmans Hill Park can help improve children’s thinking and social skills as well as their creativity.

“This work builds on the initial design of the park, which created the first purpose-built playground in the Tolmans Hill area four years ago.”

The Tolmans Hill Park upgrade project began on Wednesday May 11 and is expected to be completed by October this year.

It will see the creation of a magnificent new covered open-air shelter with picnic tables and barbecues.

The design includes fully accessible restrooms and new off-street parking for people with disabilities.

The $1.3 million upgrade was made possible through the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, which contributed $650,000 to the project.

Most areas of the park will remain open to the public throughout the project, including the bike path and playground, but parking spaces will be reduced during construction.

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