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Byron Shire
October 4, 2022

Toddlers take note: Ross Park is ready for play! 

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A much-anticipated reopening of a recreational area of Lennox Head has finally happened after months of being a no-go zone for the toddlers of the town. The new-look Ross Park in the centre of the village is officially open and ready for play! 

The upgraded park includes new play equipment, a boardwalk, concrete paths, covered picnic areas, seating, paving, interactive sculpture, and landscaping.

A key feature of the new playground is an all-ability, wheelchair-accessible carousel. Former Ballina Shire Citizen of the Year, Tracey Everingham-Armstrong, raised $30,000 to purchase the carousel through community fundraising events.

A new timber fort and nest swing also feature in the new design. The nest swing supports all-ability and ages play while complimenting the nature play focus of the playground. 

Public artwork and interactive turtle sculpture

Public artwork also features in the park and includes pavers designed by community members and the Lennox Community Arts Board and an interactive sculpture. 

After successfully tendering for the sculptural project, artists Charlotte Haywood and Edward Horne collaborated to create Green Sea Turtle. This interactive sculpture is a fun and engaging artwork for families and young children to use for play, contemplation or as a gathering space.

Shaped seats made of local blackbutt timber, sandstone and copper represent the turtle’s flippers and head, while its shell is expressed through a mosaic of platforms made of sandstone and copper. These platforms can be used as a low-lying rock hopping device, mini maze or individual seats and mini tables.

Construction continue on main street

The new toilet within Ross Park will remain closed as construction continues. The existing Lennox Park toilet remains open and is within a short walk of the park. With construction continuing on the Lennox Village Vision, please follow the direction of traffic control and be mindful of construction zones. 

Council’s Manager – Project Management Office, Brett Dyki, said the opening of Ross Park marks the completion of Stage One of the Lennox Village Vision project.The new boardwalk provides a modern platform to soak up the stunning beach views, while new seating, landscaped lawns and covered picnic areas provide plenty of options for gathering in the park. 

‘The new play equipment and interactive sculpture promotes fun and adventure while encouraging respect for the unique local environment. We look forward to locals and visitors enjoying this beautiful outdoor space in the centre of the Lennox village.’

To learn more about the Lennox Village Vision project visit ballina.nsw.gov.au/LennoxVillageVision

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