Johnstone Park Raingarden

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

We issued the following statement in response to a series of questions from the Geelong Advertiser on the Johnstone Park Raingarden.

Brett Luxford - Director Investment and Attraction

The Johnstone Park Raingarden, led by the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership, is in the final stage of construction and is due to open to the public by 31 January.

The Raingarden consists of a series of terraced ponds that filter stormwater, removing nitrogen, oils and other pollutants that would otherwise flow into Corio Bay. The filtered stormwater will be stored in a submerged 350,000-litre tank and used to irrigate Johnstone Park and surrounds.

The final stages of the Raingarden project involves the planting of garden beds and turf sewing. Newly turfed areas will be fenced off to allow roots to establish.

Significant rain events in September, November and December last year caused delays to the completion of the Raingarden.

Once complete the Raingarden will provide a useful and unique attraction in central Geelong’s premier green space.

In addition to the Raingarden, the City of Greater Geelong is upgrading other elements in the park, specifically resurfacing walkways to provide all-weather universal access, upgrading the irrigation system to distribute the water collected by the Raingarden, installing new lighting to make the park brighter at night and complement the CCTV network and strengthening and resurfacing the forecourt to allow it to be used for community events and activities.

These works will continue to occur in Johnstone Park over the next few months but will not impede the use of the basin for the popular Nightjar Festival events which return from Friday 2 February.

The City’s officers and contractors will complete the works as soon as possible so the public back to enjoy all of Johnstone Park.

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