Another botched waterfront park?
Thank you Peninsula News for bringing to my attention Central Coast Council Woy Woy Waterfront plan.
Our family is a heavy user of this public asset.
We use Pelican Park. We attend the dawn services. We often visit fishermen's wharf for a meal. I launch my boat from the ramp and most mornings I cycle along the waterfront.
I've studied this plan in detail.
Yet again, it's clear our town planners are woefully incompetent. Is it the same people who designed the fantastically-botched Gosford waterfront park? It would appear so.
A "palm grove"? Is that a joke?
The waterfront has some of the most beautiful mature native trees and shrubs.
Palm trees will stick out like a sore thumb.
Council want to demolish a beautiful natural area and cover it in concrete.
The sculpture park is a totally horrible idea from an environmental point of view.
A "gateway fountain" in front of a pub?
It doesn't take an Einstein to work out this will quickly become a "gateway urinal".
They're bloody hideous things.
The "Woy Woy baths' will never work.
It's a murky body of water with ribbon weed, petrol and rubbish.
Do it properly and make it a concrete outdoor recreational swimming pool like the Boyd Charlton pool at Woolloomooloo, or do nothing at all and let it revert back to its natural state.
No one except the owners of a nearby hotel wants to demolish Pelican Park.
The new one slapped together is cheap, crap and has nowhere for parents and families to gather except maybe the newly proposed "Kiosk" next to a hotel.
So no longer can the public eat packed lunches and drinks.
We would be forced to spend $60 buying food and drink from a licensed proprietor.
The "Beach Shack/Kayak hire" is a terrible idea.
That area of the foreshore is ecologically very sensitive, with lots of small native birds and local plants.
There is absolutely no where for parking either.
Nor do I want a Disneyland feel to what is a quiet and peaceful area enjoyed by locals.
Let's be honest, most of what's designed will never get built.
Council won't have enough funds.
It's just a sales pitch to funnel as much traffic as possible to a nearby hotel and their new "Kiosk".
Email, 19 Jun 2022
Luke Chell, Woy Woy