Following community feedback received through “Let’s Talk Woy Woy” in 2022, Central Coast Council is focused on upgrading the much-loved Pelican Park while ensuring the community’s input and park safety are prioritised.
The local playspace at Pelican Park was first built in 1999 and despite the many memories created there over the years, some elements of the park are no longer compliant with Australian Playground Standards. Central Coast Council want your feedback on the preferred playspace concept in the upgrade of Pelican Park.
Have your say
Before we enter the design phase of the project, Council is seeking community feedback on three (3) concept playspace options that will inform the size, types of materials and equipment and cost of the upgrade. The options are:
Option 1: Nature Play:
- This option utilises the existing playspace envelope with a nature play theme. This option 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 to enable a larger playspace footprint with climbing, spinning and sculptural elements. With a larger playspace proposed, the cost to construct this option will exceed the typical budget allocated for a local level park needing to draw from funding allocated for the Woy Woy Lions Park District playspace upgrade.
The concept options are open for voting and feedback between 3pm 18 May and 5pm 16 June 2023 by completing the online submission form.
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Following an independent playspace safety inspection, given the age and wear of the park, it was determined that several park elements are now no longer compliant with the Australian Playground Standards. In addition, the large Taxodium Distichum tree (swamp cypress) located adjacent to the playspace currently impact the existing playspace. The tree roots grow in an upward direction which affects the soft fall level of cushioning and hinders the ability in completing new works without affecting the tree’s health.
Only if option 3 is the preferred option. It proposes the removal of one Swamp Cypress.
Council has previously consulted with the community during 2021 and 2022 through the "Woy Woy Waterfront Masterplan" and “Let’s Talk Woy Woy”. Previous to this, the community requested further public consultation to determine any changes regarding Pelican Park. As a result, Central Coast Council are ensuring that the public are involved in the concept planning and design phase as much as possible.
The Pelican Park upgrade is planned for completion by the end of financial year 2023/24 as highlighted in the Draft Operational Plan 2023/24.
To upgrade the park, Council will need close Pelican Park for a period of time. Council will be in a position to provide further detail relating to the upgrade of the park in early 2024 and prior to construction commencing, once the preferred option has been determined.
Lion’s Park is also scheduled for upgrades in the 2023/24 Playground Renewal Program. If option 3 is the preferred community option for the upgrade of Pelican Park which includes a larger playspace envelope, funding will need to be diverted from the upgrade of Lion’s Park.
Council will announce the preferred option for Pelican Park after the voting period has closed by the end of July.
Council staff will undertake further detailed design for the preferred option for Pelican Park. Completion of park construction is planned to occur by 30 June 2024.
The community is invited to submit their vote and feedback on the online submission form. QR codes directing the community to the form can be found on posters around Pelican Park.