Ballina’s Pop Denison Park was due to re-open yesterday but is now scheduled to open on Saturday 21 November, when beach replenishment and landscaping works along the Shaws Bay foreshore are completed.
Council said the delay is due to recent wet weather, and thanked the community for its patience.
Until 21 November, the park will remain closed to vehicles and pedestrians from Compton Drive, but access to the bay at Fenwick Drive is open. Toilet facilities in Pop Denison Park will remain closed until the refurbishment is complete.
Once the park is re-opened, access to the newly turfed areas will be restricted to allow the lawn to become established.
Visitors to the bay are reminded to remain vigilant as construction activity, dredging and foreshore improvements are completed.
Ongoing Shaws Bay improvement works include dredging of the bay, the creation of an ecological protection area, a saltmarsh basin and revegetation works.
A raised boardwalk to span the new saltmarsh area is also being installed.
The beach replenishment and landscaping works are part of Ballina Shire Council’s Coastal Zone Management Plan.
Council said the plan ensures that the shire’s waterways will continue to provide the ecological, cultural, recreational and economic benefits residents and visitors currently appreciate.