Port Macquarie-Hastings Council earns award commendation for Oxide Park project

Successful project: The transformed Oxide Park is an inviting space.
Successful project: The transformed Oxide Park is an inviting space.

The revamped Oxide Park is officially a great place.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has earned a commendation in the Planning Institute Australia NSW Awards for Planning Excellence with the Oxide Park renewal project. 

The council was recognised with a commendation for the park project in the great place category.

Council director Jeffery Sharp said from the outset, the Oxide Park project was a community-driven initiative, and to be recognised for the fantastic transformation of the park into a vibrant new play space, was a testament to everyone involved, and was evidence of what could be achieved when the council, businesses and our local community worked closely together.

Six judges were tasked with selecting the winners and commendations across 13 categories.

The award recipients were revealed at a Sydney ceremony on November 8 that also commemorated World Town Planning Day. 

The awards recognised excellence and showcased leading practice across a range of planning disciplines and sectors.

Have a look at before and after photos below:

The Oxide Park makeover transformed the tired park into a colourful and welcoming space.

Oxide Park is a hub of activity after the creation of an intergenerational colourful play space which includes a path circuit, children’s equipment, basketball half-court, bench seating and picnic tables.

The commendation citation said the Oxide Park renewal project took a neglected and unloved park and transformed it into a great place.

“It extensively involved the community in its design and construction, reflected in positive user feedback,” the citation said.

It said the council involved organisations, government agencies and the local community to create a multi-use space that was enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.

“Oxide Park provides opportunities for unplanned interaction by park users, and fosters a sense of community,” the citation said.

The park is tucked between TAFE, the Oxley Highway and Oxide Street.