GOING to Lake Canobolas early to secure a barbecue may be a thing of the past after Orange City Council installed three new barbecues on the western side of the recreation area.
The barbecues were installed this week, with plans to have them connected to a 100-litre on-site gas tank by early February.
Council city presentation manager Nigel Hobden said the barbecues would complement the five picnic shelters that were recently installed on the western side of the lake, funded by the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure program.
“It means there’s now diverse locations with shelters and barbecues, which complement the infrastructure that’s already there,” he said.
“The lake is very popular with families and it’s good that people get to experience all the lake has to offer.”
The eastern side of the lake, near the Apex Playground, has three barbecues and there are another three below the dam wall, bringing the total to nine free-to-use barbecues within Lake Canobolas Reserve.
Upgrades to the area were outlined in the Lake Canobolas and Environs Master Plan.
Council has also installed a new bottle-filling water station at the John Lomas Skate Park in Anson Street.
The device not only allows people to refill their bottles but it also serves as a bubbler.
A water station will also be installed at the Adventure Playground and Elephant Park in the next couple of weeks.
The Elephant Park station will include a dog water bowl.