No council option to retain Pelican Park playground
No option has been provided to retain and refurbish the Pelican Park playground in the Woy Woy Waterfront Masterplan currently open for comment.
Instead, two other options have been suggested: To turn the area into a performance area or to create a "nature play area" with a "floral maze kids' play area" and a trellis shelter.
The new council plans follow a community backlash 12 months ago when the council moved to demolish the Pelican Park playground with just 24 hours' notice.
The concept plan provides no detail, no cost and no timeframe for the redevelopment of the playground, or for the whole waterfront project.
A petition with more 6500 signatures calling for the retention of the playground and representations by Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch saw the council put the demolition until it held this consultation.
At the time, Ms Tesch said: "If Council says that the park isn't up to Australian safety standards, then we need to get it up to those standards, not just knock the whole thing down.
"Pelican Park is not just any park.
"It is an iconic destination where families from across the Coast unite, with ample playing equipment and seating, located next to the water and the lovely pelicans.
"It is one of the many attractions Woy Woy is known for."
The Woy Woy Waterfront Masterplan consultation project page states: "The site that is currently home to the much-loved Pelican Park Playspace is included as part of the Waterfront Masterplan.
"Unfortunately, Pelican Park is reaching the end of its functional life.
"Council knows this is a valued playspace by the community and, as part of the master planning process, Council is seeking to better understand these values so they can be reflected in the long-term plan for Woy Woy Waterfront."
Feedback will be accepted until Monday, July 4, including via an online feedback form at yourvoiceourcoast.com.
Website, 1 Jun 2022
yourvoiceourcoast.com, Central Coast Council