Car park, boat ramp closure to make way for $700,000 Apex Park facelift

Published: 29 May 2018 4:21pm

Car park, boat ramp closure to make way for $700,000 Apex Park facelift - 5 April 2016


One of the city’s popular recreational destinations is about to get a facelift of more than $700,000 that will improve the usability, safety and aesthetic appeal of the area.

Lake Albert users will benefit from a range of upgrades to the car park and boat ramp at Apex Park.

For the works to be carried out the car park and boat ramp will be closed from Thursday 7 April until June 30.

Manager Environment and Recreation Services Mark Gardiner said the long list of works will vastly improve the already popular location.

“Some of the facilities at Apex Park are tired and ready for an upgrade. These works will make access to the area easier and safer for residents and visitors with boats and those wanting to enjoy the barbecue and play areas on the eastern side of the lake. People are already attracted to Lake Albert so improving this space will boost that appeal, and the city as a whole,” Mr Gardiner said.

Project highlights include:

  • Widening existing boat ramp from 7.5m to 8m, allowing two cars on the ramp at one time
  • Redesign of existing car park adding an extra 25 boat trailer parking bays, two rigging bays, 22 car parking bays and 4 disabled parking bays
  • Reseal of car park surface, with new line markings and kerbing and creation of a new traffic island
  • Installation of LED solar lights
  • Wall built along shoreline with coves established allowing a safe area for recreational users to relax and play by the waters’ edge.
  • Replacement of 11 trees with 32 established native trees and garden beds in car park.

During the project the boat ramp and car park at the Wagga Wagga Boat Club on the western side of the lake will be open to all lake users. Parking is also available around the lake on Eastlake and Lakeside drives. The 5.5km walking track, the Apex Park play equipment and barbecue areas, and Lake Albert Oval and Hall will all remain open.

Some $500,000 of the project was secured through the Roads and Maritime Services NSW Boating Now Projects funding, with Council contributing $230,000.