It may not be New York’s Central Park but Lismore Park holds a special place in the town and the hearts of its residents.
It does need some tender loving care, though, and a touch of inspiration. So Lismore City Council is looking for community input into future plans for the park.
Council has already employed a consultant to draft some possible designs but would like to hear from residents about their vision for this community space before proceeding any further.
To this end it will host a community workshop in the Gordon Pavilion at Oakes Oval on Tuesday 24 July from 6.00 to 7.30pm.
‘Lismore Park is a beautiful piece of community land right across the road from the Lismore Shopping Square and just on the edge of the CBD,’ said James Voght, Council’s sport and recreation project officer. ‘Not all regional towns can boast such a lovely piece of land in the heart of the city.’
‘With the right planning we could end up with a wonderful parkland that really enhances the city and becomes a showpiece for Lismore. We’d like the community’s input to ensure we have a draft design that resonates with people’s wishes.’
Precinct One of Lismore Park is the land bordered by Dawson, Magellan, Brewster and Uralba streets. This area includes five ovals, the majority of which will remain untouched to allow for continued use by Lismore’s many sporting groups.
Concept plans so far include things such as rerouting Browns Creek, developing landscaped ponds and constructed wetlands to treat stormwater, and building bridges and pathways for walking and cycling. There are also preliminary plans for playgrounds, barbecue areas and open, grassy spaces.
While the sporting community and other stakeholders have been engaged in the initial design stage, Council is now eager to hear from the public.