Following a public competition to name the new park being created on the old Dimboola Hotel site, Dimboola Art Inc have announced the name for the site.

The Open Community Arts and Reflection Space being developed by Dimboola Art Inc will be known as Tower Park, the suggestion being contributed by two people independently - Bryan Beattie and Shirley King.

Organisers thanked everyone who contributed their ideas.

“We thank all participants for the hundreds of entries. Our Project Sub-Committee spent many hours discussing and then making our final choice of Tower Park.

“Our discussions were positive, productive and indeed inspiring and rewarding, in keeping with where Dimboola is heading right now. This was aided by a unique voting, counting and input system developed by our much-loved Deb Moar, local artist and teacher and key Dimboola Art Inc. Project Sub-committee member.

“Deb is also the person who developed the concept design of the actual tower and put together the input of local students for the laser-cut panels of our sensational, creative, inspirational, commemorative hexagonal tower on the site of the former Dimboola Hotel.”

In true 2021 fashion the meeting at which the name was finalised was held on Zoom.

“All Committee members were kept on the edges of their seats for this exciting finale at our Zoom meeting on Thursday 2nd September.”

Although restrictions have slowed progress a little, the construction of pergolas on the site continues and landscaping work is to follow.

The official opening of Tower Park is set to take place during the Wimmera Steampunk Festival. Due to the festival being postponed, and the ongoing restrictions, no revised date has been confirmed.

Below: Pergola 2 (from corner then along Lochiel Street) is well and truly underway. Photo courtesy Dimboola Art Inc.

The section in the corner is the original public bar, located above the cellar. Hence footings, timber beams and floor were used here - all recycled timber from the Wimmera Street bridge. Roof slats are still to be added.