Residents of Woy Woy and beyond are invited to have their say on three options for a new concept for Pelican Park Woy Woy with construction aiming to be completed before June 2024.
Built in 1999, the popular waterfront playspace has reached the end of its design life and was slated to be closed two years ago due to safety concerns.
However, the new design ensures the much-loved park will remain in use for many years to come!
Council has now developed three design concepts which will be on display for 28 days with residents encouraged to have their say before more thorough concept design can be actioned during the next stage of the project.
A full design of the chosen concept will be exhibited to the public early next year. Key highlights of the three design concepts include:
Option 1: Nature play: This option utilises the existing playspace envelope with a nature play theme, and retains all existing vegetation but does not include rubberised soft fall.
Option 2: Pirate-themed play: This option retains the existing pirate play theme with a reduced playspace envelope to comply with standards for play equipment fall zones, and to keep clear of existing tree roots. All vegetation is retained with this option.
Option 3: Traditional play: This option proposes the removal of one Swamp Cypress which will enable a larger playspace footprint with climbing, spinning and sculptural elements. It’s important to note that due to the larger playspace proposed and the removal of a tree, additional funding will need to be diverted from the Woy Woy Lions District playspace upgrade project to deliver this option.
Council’s Director Community and Recreation Services Melanie Smith said the feedback received during initial consultation with the community in 2020 has informed the design concepts this time around.
“It was very clear to us during the community consultation period that Pelican Park is highly valued by the people of the peninsula, and the broader community.
“We listened and we understand that it’s a very important playspace for families in the peninsula, and this is why we have gone back to the drawing board to develop workable options for the site to be both safe and fun into the future especially around the issue of the tree roots,” Ms Smith said.
Council Administrator Rik Hart said the upgrade to Pelican Park is just one of many exciting projects happening across the peninsula.
“Over the next 12 months our draft Operational Plan highlights a number of projects on the peninsula due for completion. This includes, consolidating our Woy Woy Masterplan, upgrading crucial infrastructure and ensuring young children’s needs are being looked after here at Pelican Park and also at Lion’s Park.
“I would encourage residents to have their say during this consultation process and vote for the concept that they would like to see in further detail,” Mr Hart said. To view the Pelican Park Concept Designs in further detail and register your vote, please visit Your Voice Our Coast before 5pm on Friday 16 June.