A competition to name the planned Camperdown play space has come full circle, with the decision made to stick with Apex Park.
The project, to be built in three stages over three years, incorporates Apex Park on the Princes Highway, a vacant block of land next to the park and the backyard of a community house.
Steering committee member Ann Cunningham said there had been some controversy with the name and logo competition, given the Apex club’s long association with the park, and the decision had been made to go with Camperdown Apex Park.
“The Apex club did a lot of work to get the land, make it public land and get it what it is,” she said.
She said the committee was keen to make the park inclusive to all ages.
She said five graphic design entries had been incorporated to make the park logo.
The first stage is estimated to cost $265,000 and Corangamite Shire Council has set aside $175,000. The play space incorporates a flying fox, cricket nets, basketball half court, workout stations, an enclosed play area for young children, picnic and barbecue areas.
There will also be a volcanic mound with slides, undulating paths and a stonewall entrance.
The total project cost is expected to be $625,000.
Ms Cunningham said it was hoped work would begin on stage one by the end of the financial year.
“The community is getting behind it,” she said. “I think though a lot of people are waiting to see something happen.”
The committee held a fitness class fund-raiser to raise money for the park and on Friday night Camperdown College and St Patrick’s Primary School will hold a fun run at Mt Leura to raise money for the project. Registrations open at 5pm at Mt Leura Road.
On Tuesday, March 26 there will be an egg and bacon breakfast for tradesmen and women at the Camperdown RSL hall at 7.30am
Ms Cunningham said the breakfast was to bring people up to date on the project and hopefully receive in-kind support.