Byron’s Railway Park Takes Out State Landscape Award
We came together as a community to celebrate when the Railway Park Precinct opened and we knew then that it was a triumph of everyone involved. The central precinct is a hub of activity including meetings, markets and play for our community and our guests and now the excellent design has been recognised with two awards at the 2020 NSW Landscape and Architecture Awards.
Railway Park was named a winner in the Parks and Open Spaces division and the bespoke playground won an award in the Play Spaces section – both were the outstanding work of local landscape architect firm, Plummer and Smith.
It is not often that a community can share in this sort of award but the level of consultation, contribution and community immersion during the program of works showcases the efforts of the consultants, planners, builders, and locals including many of Byron Shire’s school children.
Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the awards were due recognition of a project that was not only the first project to come out of the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan but it has reinstated Railway Park as the heart of the Byron Bay CBD.
“Railway Park was tired and not used by locals and the Byron Bay Masterplan Group, with the financial support of Council, set a the goal of refurbishing the park to turn it back to the welcoming, open and green community space that served residents and visitors to Byron Bay for decades,” Mayor Richardson said.
“Community input was key to the project and after 18 months of design work and 7 months of construction, the $2.1 million park was unveiled to locals with a beautiful celebration in November last year.”
“The redevelopment included the preservation of the old Cottonwood trees that are a magnet for children, as well as a play area that boasts a great slippery slide, a terrific birds nest that is just the right size for a handful of kids and stunning artwork by local Arakwal artists,” he said.