The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) has completed redevelopment works at Elephant Walk, Torquay with a newly designed amenities block and carpark being installed.
The popular foreshore precinct has undergone a $180,000 face lift to improve disability access and access to playgrounds and parking.
The Elephant Walk car park at Yellow Bluff provides public parking for the Torquay Play Park and picnic areas along the foreshore. The redevelopment of the toilet block and car park was undertaken in accordance to the principles and recommendations of the Torquay Foreshore Master Plan.
The key design objectives for the redevelopment of the carpark include:
- Improving pedestrian safety by increasing the car park and road set back from the edge of the playground.
- Increasing available grass open space and picnic areas overlooking the foreshore.
- Protection of the mature Cypress trees from vehicles and further root compaction.
- Establishment of additional indigenous planting and a storm water treatment system.
- Provision of disabled parking at the new toilet block as per Australian Standards.
GORCC Coastal Reserves Manager Rod Goring said the redevelopment has opened up the Foreshore Reserve for recreational activities and events for the public to enjoy.
“Since the redevelopment, there has been a few events held in the area and they have been well received by the community,” he said.
Mr Goring said the upgrades will improve the usability of the area, especially over the summer months.
“The redevelopment has been designed to be more responsive to visitor needs in providing more parking, improved access for a wider range of vehicles and easier access to the playground,” he said.
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