MILDURA Rural City Council will close the Orange Avenue car park between Ninth and Tenth streets this Thursday (July 20) as part of works to improve public safety at night.

The planned works follow a request from Victoria Police to remove 14 trees from the car park in a bid to improve lighting and public safety.

Removal of the trees will also allow for an additional 16 car parking spaces.

The trees, which have no historical significance, will be removed on Thursday, however, the car park will be closed from 6pm on Wednesday (July 19) in preparation for the works.

The facility is expected to reopen on Thursday afternoon.