About this project

Bailey Park is situated in the town of Ulmarra, a historic port on the Clarence River, NSW. Bailey Park is located between River Street to the east and the Clarence River to the west. The park has several existing elements such as toilets, play area, barbeque facilities and shelters which have been replaced or upgraded. The southern end of the site has vehicle access to a boat ramp and jetty and a public swimming pool which was decommissioned with the space utilised for other uses.

The town is due to be bypassed as part of Pacific Highway upgrade project. Once the town is bypassed, the town will need to provide an attraction to ensure that the local shops and cafes can be sustained by the drop-in trade. The Council undertook community consultation to gauge the community’s aspirations for the site and compiled a list of suggestions for items and uses of infrastructure in the park.

Clarence Valley Council engaged GeoLINK to prepare concept design options which met the community’s aspirations i.e.:

  • A community area with repurposed elements from the decommissioned swimming pool into structures and design elements
  • Defined pedestrian paths to enable access to the Clarence River with a new jetty allowing for a stronger connection with the water
  • Play equipment utilising existing natural shade, with a natural water play area flowing through the formal play equipment
  • A raised path at the same height as the levee wall which created a natural viewing area with locations for a sculpture allowing for historical context.


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