Hustle and bustle as Coffs Harbour park reimagined

Published on 08 April 2024


Behind a construction fence, Coffs Harbour’s Brelsford Park is a canvas of trenches, dirt mounds and Tonka toys on steroids. 

While it might not look pretty, a major transformation is underway which will see City of Coffs Harbour deliver a more attractive, user-friendly and enhanced green space. 

The finished product will include an outdoor performance amphitheatre, a new amenities block, picnic shelters, seating, gardens, and LED lighting - all connected by a series of wide paths. 

Brelsford Park 2.0 will retain its open feel which lends itself to mass community celebrations such as the Coffs Coast Carols in the heart of the City. 

“The improvements are thoughtful and will enhance the open community space,” City of Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Paul Amos said. 

“The popularity of the skate park and the children’s playground at Brelsford Park underlines the strength of this central location.” 

The works are being undertaken by Van Mal Group Pty Ltd, and the site is now a busy jam of excavators, bobcats, rollers and positracks. 

“A feature of the improvements will be the amphitheatre in the south-east corner of the site which will lend itself to performance,” City of Coffs Harbour City Infrastructure Director Andrew Beswick said. 

“While the works progress we’ve been able to keep the playground and skate park open at all times, and key existing trees have been retained.” 

The improvements are being funded by a $4,997,620 grant from the Australian and NSW governments, with the Stage 1 works scheduled for completion early in the new financial year. 


Photo: City of Coffs Harbour Open Space and Buildings Project Leader Andrew Gray and Brelsford Park Works Site Manager Jacob Hamilton.