Landscape architect Ian Bentley and Alex Doyle at the revamped old Fingal boat harbour.
Landscape architect Ian Bentley and Alex Doyle at the revamped old Fingal boat harbour. John Gass

Vision becomes reality

A POPULAR Fingal Head weekend barbecue spot is enjoying renewed popularity after a makeover by Tweed Shire Council.

The old Fingal boat harbour park has been completely refurbished and, while wet weather delayed the completion of the project, it was worth the wait.

The council's chief landscape architect Ian Bentley said the design provided new barbecues, shaded seating and play equipment without blocking the beautiful views up and down the Tweed River.

Bollards also made the grassed area safer for children to play in.

“Old Fingal boat harbour has long been a popular destination due to the safe swimming opportunity offered by the harbour and natural beauty of the Tweed River,” Mr Bentley said.

“However, the aged infrastructure within the park was well past its use-by date. The idea of the design was to help retain this natural setting and build on it, to separate vehicles from accessing all the open space and give this back to the park users for safe ball games and other recreational uses.”

The project was slightly behind schedule due to the recent wet weather but the new vegetation had benefited.

“With the extremely wet summer, work was slow to progress – it hindered some of the concrete works – but the 40 new trees and native plant garden beds have thrived with all the additional rain,” Mr Bentley said.

Fingal Public School helped to liven up the normally bland bollards, with a selection of them around the playground hand-painted by students under the guidance of Fingal artist Marcia Gibbs.

The new playground features a new swing, sand digger and climbing structure, along with climbable rocks, a timber bridge and musical chimes.



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