The Northside Progress Association has started work on design plans to develop the so-called Kangaroo Park on Port Macquarie's North Shore.
The park is located directly opposite the ferry ramp on the north side.
At its September meeting, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council approved the use of the park for place making and community events.
Association president Kingsley Searle says the community has a long held wish to develop the park into a centre for activities.
"Council has committed to giving the front portion of Kangaroo Park to us for public use," he said.
"We are now looking at what tenure we have over that piece of land.
"The association continues to work closely with council on just how we can access the park.
"We are also developing our own plans to take to the community for consultation."
Mr Searle said council would develop eight blocks at the rear of the land. Council will develop and sell off the rear portion of the property as building blocks.
The community would take the front section for its activities.
"We are essentially looking at the mowed area for community use," Mr Searle said.
"The association envisages a playing field and parking area on the eastern side with the western side to be passive recreation."
An initial plan includes community gardens, short and long walking tracks plus other green areas.
Mr Searle said Kangaroo Park had become the centre of North Shore activities.
"Some years ago, we were looking at constructing a community hall. A council report pointed out that it should go on Kangaroo Park.
"This shows that the site is the natural centre for community activities on the North Shore.
"We already hold Halloween and other events on the site, with success."
Mr Searle said the association's role was to meet community expectations and create a focal point that is well-used.
The association is continuing to push forward with plans to redevelop the historic Coal Wharf.
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