The NSW Government is investing in Gosford’s proud indigenous history by installing sandstone animal islands – based on local site carvings – in the $10 million Leagues Club Field regional playspace.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the sandstone islands, carved from local quarries and based on Bulgandry site carvings, would surround the Aboriginal art poles at the centre of the playspace.
“The tidal pool is a standout feature of Leagues Club Field, and as the water rises and falls, these amazing sea creature designs will ‘swim’ in from Brisbane Water to create a dynamic play space for children,” Mr Crouch said.
“At night, the Aboriginal art poles will light up and create a vibrant space for our community to enjoy.”
The innovative pool will be unique to any other water play space on the Central Coast, and links underneath Central Coast Highway to Brisbane Water to fill and drain with the tide, creating a different play experience for each visit.
The NSW Government’s Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) has partnered with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council as well as local artists to ensure that Gosford’s Aboriginal culture is inscribed in the park.
HCCDC Acting Chief Executive Valentina Misevska said creating functional and attractive public spaces is only possible by collaborating positively with local stakeholders.
“From the very early stages of planning, Darkinjung offered valuable insight into local Aboriginal culture and helped us create a space that will showcase the region and its people,” Ms Misevska said.
“With the help of local stakeholders such as Darkinjung, Central Coast Council and the Gosford community, we’re creating a landmark play space that will ignite a sense of community and create a drawcard to attract visitors to Gosford.”
Leagues Club Field is expected to open to the public later this month.