The fencing has come down from around the first stage of Apex Park revitalisation works in time for Nelson Bay's Remembrance Day service.
It was a race to complete stage 1a of the works before Sunday’s service in the park but the project was delivered on time by Port Stephens Council.
The new tiered grassed amphitheatre is now available for the community’s use.
“This is yet another Nelson Bay Next initiative that is revitalising our beautiful town and creating spaces where people want to stay and enjoy,” Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said.
“As a council, we’re committed to delivering these much-needed improvements for Nelson Bay.
“The new grassed amphitheatre will offer more places to sit and relax in the park every day, and will provide the perfect new outdoor space for special events.
“This has been high on our community’s wish list for some time, so it’s great to see the vision for Apex Park finally coming to life.”
The works, part of the council’s Nelson Bay Next campaign to drive renewal in the Bay, have been funded by a $300,000 NSW Government grant.
The aim of the revitalisation project is to create a more attractive multi-purpose park for residents and visitors to Nelson Bay.
As well as the grassed amphitheatre, the first stage of works, which began on September 11, also included upgrades to irrigation and electrical infrastructure to allow for community events.
The council’s community and recreation coordinator, Brock Lamont, says planning is well underway for stage 1b of the revitalisation works.
“With the first stage of work now complete, we’ve got a solid foundation on which to build the new revitalised Apex Park,” he said.
“Stage 1b will involve improving the way people move around the park, including upgrades to pathways and access.
“We’re anticipating the works will commence after Anzac Day 2019 to avoid any disturbance of commemorations.”