Work will begin shortly on transforming the Wangaratta Comfort Station into the Merriwa Park Bicycle Hub.
Aimed at encouraging more locals to cycle into the centre of town, and visitors to make use of the city's bike paths, the project was announced in August last year and will take appromimately 3 months to complete.
The State government pledged $400,000 to the works through the Regional Growth Fund, and Council has received a further $50,000 in grants for the project. Council will contribute the remaining $200,000 to redevelop the facility, which currrently exists as a toilet block near the intersection of Ford, Murphy and Ryley Streets.
Kennedy Builders of Mulwala have been awarded the contract for the project that includes a deck overlooking Merriwa Park and ample outdoor bike racks, while inside there will be all access showers and toilets, baby change facilities and bike lockers.
The existing underpass ramp, which currently offers pedestian access to Merriwa Park from Murphy Street, will be removed as part of the works. Stone steps adjacent to the facility will reopen after completion of the works with additional lighting to be installed via bollards.
An existing path alongside the road into the park (which begins about 200m from the bike hub) will be upgraded to provide the main 'all abilities access' entrance to the park for pedestrians.
During construction works for the bike hub and all access path, access for pedestrians will be via Ely Street or Meldrum Street.