A $1.7m refresh of St David Avenue Park at Dee Why has been completed.

The small park, adjacent to the main northbound bus stop at Dee Why, on the corner of Pittwater Road and St David Avenue, has been redeveloped as part of the Dee Why Town Centre Masterplan.

The ‘pocket’ park, which was opened by Northern Beaches Council on Monday, 25 October, has been designed to provide a public place of respite, but also to stand up to the rigours of its location.

The old park, which many had considered an eyesore, has been beautified with places to sit and landscaped garden beds that contain approximately 1,500 plants, including a range of native trees and shrubs from Old Man Banksia, Eumundi, Golden Penda and Lilly Pilly.

Council says a key feature of the park’s design is its circular timber seating around an Angophora costata tree, which will grow to provide a shady spot for people to sit and wait for the bus.

Although stairways are a key feature of the park, an accessible ramp has been included next to the Carlyle Building, which also houses public toilets that will be open from 6.00am – 9.00pm daily.

Additional features include 28m of bleacher-style seating plus seating walls and a drinking fountain.

Council have also commissioned a large-scale artwork to be installed at the park, which has been delayed because of COVID lockdown restrictions not permitting the artists on-site.

The approach to the artwork was presented at an information evening in April by artist Dennis Golding who will be completing the installation in collaboration with James Voller of Collide Public Art Initiative.

Mr Golding (right), who is a Gamilaraay man from northern NSW, said that consultations with local aboriginal people informed the work which will be designs embedded within architectural panels that Mr Voller (left) said would provide a robust yet engaging framework for the art.

Perspective will form an important part of the dynamic of the installation, changing as people move through the park and past the artwork. Lighting will also be incorporated to provide a unique night time experience.

Installation of the completed artwork is scheduled for late 2021 to early 2022 and will be unveiled by Northern Beaches Council, at a date yet to be advised.

Images: Northern Beaches Council, Northern Beaches Advocate

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