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Sprucing up the Duke

Wednesday, 23rd March, 2011

REJUVENATED: Improvements are underway at the Duke of Cornwall Park. REJUVENATED: Improvements are underway at the Duke of Cornwall Park.

By Kurtis Eichler

Work on the dishevelled Duke of Cornwall park in Blende Street started yesterday.

The park, established in 1900, will get a major makeover with a new irrigation system, lawn and new surfaces for the tennis courts.

City Council diggers spent yesterday afternoon removing the weed-infested lawn in preparation for the new irrigation system and lawn to be laid out.

Council received funding to renew the surface of the tennis courts and upgrade the lighting this year.

The park was re-established in 1945 by the Zinc mine, which fenced it and added the lawn and tennis courts before handing it back to Council in 1949.

Council said once the new lawn was laid, the Duke of Cornwall Park would be maintained to a high standard.

The work is expected to be completed by May 3.

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