The Salisbury Civic Squares new look has really proven to be a great hit with the local community. The number of families visiting the Square has grown since it’s completion, and the play equipment-including slippery dip, merry-go-round and other interactive challenges has been given the tick of approval by all concerned. More trees, grassed areas to sit, and shaded seating has been well planned and sees lots of people throughout the week all time of the day and evening enjoying the square.
We’ve listened to the Community feedback provided as part of the Renewal Project and have got to work on implementing many of the ideas and suggestions that were raised. While the Renewal Strategy is aimed at long-term changes to the Salisbury Town Centre, Council in partnership with local traders, and property owners have already started improving the appearance of the Centre by:
- Demolition of the unsightly Sizzler building on Park Terrace to make way for the new $5 million two storey medical consulting and office building. Construction has been completed, with the building and services now in operation.
- Removing the unsightly waste containers and planting landscaping on the corner of Church Street / Wiltshire Street – thanks to the owners of the the Spaceland Shopping Centre, particularly Van Nguyen who should be congratulated on their efforts and enthusiasm on this project
- Improving the Church Street Bus Stop and Len Beadell Library to upgrade the façade and improve weather protection for public transport users.
- Cleaning the John Street and Church Street clock tower and installing spikes to stop birds nesting.
- Repairing or replacing chairs, bins and tables along John Street.
- Encouraging activities such as the Bilby Bus playgroup program on the lawn in front of the Council Office.
- Looking at opportunities to create more outdoor dining within the Town Centre.
- Completion of the refurbishment of Judd Lane, including Table tennis table and seating for community use.
- Soon to be installed seating at the end of Judd Lane to encourage more outdoor dining for the surrounding cafe’s.
- Identifying and improving pedestrian crossing points within John Street.
- Redeveloping the Benson Radiology building on Park Terrace, providing the community with a state-of-the-art medical facility and a unique and contemporary building.
- Completion of the $400,000 redesign and redevelopment of the Civic Square including a Children’s play-space. This includes recent lighting and security upgrades within the civic square.