Upgrade work at Kibble Park to provide modern community activity space – John Flakelar sculpture to be relocated into interactive Sensory Park

by LukeAdmin

Central Coast Council is to commence remediation works in Kibble Park, Gosford, with the aim for it to become an improved community activity space.

As part of the upgrade, the unique John Flakelar created sculpture, currently part of the decommissioned fountain in Kibble Park, will be relocated to Sensory Park, Narara.

Council Administrator, Rik Hart said having the opportunity to upgrade both parks meant we are not only utilising spaces more effectively, but also providing better facilities for the community to enjoy.

“The Kibble Park Place Plan identified opportunities for this key central Gosford open space, including making it more accessible, safe and vibrant.”

Mr Hart said Council acknowledged there had been some community discussion about the future of the fountain in Kibble Park, which has not operated since 2016.

“An assessment of the cost to refurbish the fountain and surrounding degraded area revealed it would not provide good value to the community or use of ratepayers money. By removing the fountain and levelling this space, it will make it more accessible, useable for events and community activities,” Mr Hart said.

“However strong feedback from the community was that while the fountain might have to go – there needed to be a plan for the future of the sculpture, which was commissioned by local artist, the late John Flakelar, to commemorate the International Year of the Family.

“By relocating the sculpture to the revitalised Sensory Park at Narara, it will respect the original intention of the sculpture and allow for a creative re-integration of the work in a public space.”

The sculpture will form a centre piece of a newly designed labyrinth pathway, aimed at encouraging children and families to explore and interact with the artwork. The installation will also include solar lighting which will assist with highlighting the sculpture.

Mr Hart added that public art was identified through the Community Strategic Plan and the Regional Cultural Plan as being an important part of the region’s identity.

“Council will be running a community forum on public art in June and will be inviting members of the community to be part of a public art reference group.”

He added that the refurbishment work at both Kibble and Sensory Parks is funded in the Council Operational Plan.

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