Official opening of community-designed park

A brand new park designed with direct input from children will be officially opened in Albion Park on Wednesday 18 October.

The new Keith Barnes Park, located at Church Street Albion Park, replaces an outdated play area and is the direct result of extensive community consultation and engagement program.

More than 180 students (Y1 - Y12) from four local schools were consulted - St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Tullimbar Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic High School and Corpus Christi Catholic High School.

Online consultation to the wider community reached almost 5000 people on Facebook, receiving 36 comments with suggestions.

Council also sent letters to 28 adjoining residents and 92 people completed an online survey, with 47 people providing feedback.

The park features soft fall flooring zipline/flying fox, slide, a variety of swings, in-ground trampoline, elevated fort and other climbing equipment.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the community engagement undertaken by Council staff was an excellent example of the value of partnerships between local government and residents.

“Consultation revealed an overwhelming number of people wanted to move the play space to a more visible location within Keith Barnes Oval, closer to road and in view of Regal Heights Shops,” Cr Saliba said.

“The main theme for the look and feel that emerged from consultation was a play space constructed from natural materials with pops of colour.

“The general maintenance of park and open space was important to the overall look and feel. This directly impacts the use of park and feeling of community connection and ownership,” she said.

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