Brelsford Park

Consultation has concluded

Works have now completed on the instillation of new public amenities at Brelsford Park.

Brelsford Park has reclaim its prominence as a quality, lively and inclusive community precinct in the heart of the City where culture, recreation and leisure come to life.

Brelsford Park provides an enhanced recreation experience for all who use it, through its healthy lifestyle facilities, open green spaces and connective links to the CBD via paths, walk and cycle ways.

Safety, security and quality amenities will make this prime public space for cultural, creative and recreational interests; with fresh outdoor festivities and events adding to the vibrancy of the precinct.

Works have now completed on the instillation of new public amenities at Brelsford Park.

Brelsford Park has reclaim its prominence as a quality, lively and inclusive community precinct in the heart of the City where culture, recreation and leisure come to life.

Brelsford Park provides an enhanced recreation experience for all who use it, through its healthy lifestyle facilities, open green spaces and connective links to the CBD via paths, walk and cycle ways.

Safety, security and quality amenities will make this prime public space for cultural, creative and recreational interests; with fresh outdoor festivities and events adding to the vibrancy of the precinct.

Consultation has concluded
  • New public amenities now operational

    5 months ago
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    Newly constructed public amenities in Brelsford Park are now fully operational. The facilities replace the services within the old grandstand building. Temporary toilets will remain on site and will be removed shortly.

    Newly constructed public amenities in Brelsford Park are now fully operational. The facilities replace the services within the old grandstand building. Temporary toilets will remain on site and will be removed shortly.

  • A New Era for Brelsford Park

    over 1 year ago
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    Brelsford Park will move closer to becoming a quality, vibrant, open green space and community hub later this month with the start of works for a brand new accessible amenity block.

    Council’s City Prosperity Group Leader Nikki Greenwood said the Coffs Harbour City Centre 2031 Masterplan acknowledged Brelsford Park’s past history as an open green space and reserve for the local community. “We look forward to finally delivering this new public amenity which will enhance the space for community use and iconic events such as Coffs Coast Carols,” she said.

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    Brelsford Park will move closer to becoming a quality, vibrant, open green space and community hub later this month with the start of works for a brand new accessible amenity block.

    Council’s City Prosperity Group Leader Nikki Greenwood said the Coffs Harbour City Centre 2031 Masterplan acknowledged Brelsford Park’s past history as an open green space and reserve for the local community. “We look forward to finally delivering this new public amenity which will enhance the space for community use and iconic events such as Coffs Coast Carols,” she said.

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  • A brief historical snapshot of Brelsford Park

    over 1 year ago
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    In the Government Gazette of 1886 the Village of Brelsford was described as comprising 380 acres in the counties of Fitzroy and Raleigh, Parish of Coff on the right bank of Coffs Harbour Creek. It was designated as a Reserve for suburban lands of the village. Despite ‘Brelsford’ becoming the official name of the village in 1887, the locals continued to call the area Coffs Harbour until in 1897 when the village was re-planned and the name Coffs Harbour was officially adopted.

    The area of Brelsford Park used to be a horse paddock with stables, and the area where the...

    In the Government Gazette of 1886 the Village of Brelsford was described as comprising 380 acres in the counties of Fitzroy and Raleigh, Parish of Coff on the right bank of Coffs Harbour Creek. It was designated as a Reserve for suburban lands of the village. Despite ‘Brelsford’ becoming the official name of the village in 1887, the locals continued to call the area Coffs Harbour until in 1897 when the village was re-planned and the name Coffs Harbour was officially adopted.

    The area of Brelsford Park used to be a horse paddock with stables, and the area where the tennis courts are located used to be an old water hole. The site in general was swampy and the vegetation was dominated by ‘ghost’ gums.

    Some records suggest that Brelsford Park was utilised as a golf course in the 1920’s in addition to the course established at the Coffs Harbour Showground. The park was little used until in 1942 when an area was levelled out for use by schools. The Council encouraged further improvements and approved the high school to use and develop the park for a Community Sports Club. By 1944 Coffs Harbour residents had subscribed nearly four hundred pounds for the park’s improvement; which was supplemented by a grant from the Lands Department. Improvements included a cricket pitch, a boundary fence for the oval and tree planting – there were no buildings at the time. The park did not become properly established for cricket or football until about 1951.

    Funding continued to provide opportunities for improvements, with a cycling race track being establishment at the park in 1947 along with lighting facilities to accommodate night races. The NSW Cricket Association provided assistance funding towards a turf wicket in 1949, however the ongoing poor drainage eventually necessitated the abandonment of turf for concrete despite numerous appeals for the upgrade. It was not until 1964 that the pitch was finally turfed.

    In the mid 1950’s the volunteer workers handed the control of the park to Council. By 1952 the football field was ready for competition games, and dressing sheds were erected – which comprised two dressing rooms, a shower room with four showers and a refreshment stall. It was hoped that the Park would be the centre for inter-district sport, with improvements to increase seating for spectators and more tree planting. Five tennis courts were constructed in the north east corner of the park in 1962, with a trial surface of brick dust on Court 4. The surface proved so successful that all five courts were laid with the same material.

    The cycle track was proposed for bitumen sealing in the early 1960’s with additional funding gained for flood lighting.

    Brelsford Park is the surviving feature of the original town plan for Coffs Harbour – (as listed in the Coffs Harbour 2014 Heritage Study prepared by R Hedditch for CHCC). This listing was made by members of the Coffs community during the consultation and preparation of the study.

    Neither the park nor the grandstand building is listed on either the local inventory sheets for existing or proposed heritage items or on the State Heritage Register. Few other details are available for the park, however there is a plaque on the grandstand that reads:

    Brelsford Park Grandstand

    Officially opened by

    G A E Hannaford

    Coffs Harbour Shire President

    12th Nov. 1966

    This plaque has been salvaged so that it can be reinstated in the park.

    Recent additions to the park include the playground which opened in 2010 and the skate park which was completed in 2014.

    Previous discussions with the Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council have suggested there is potential for cultural use and possible artefact material being located within this higher portion of the Park.

    The Brelsford Park Masterplan acknowledges the park’s past history as an open green space and reserve for the local community, with proposed development continuing on this theme through enhanced recreational experiences in a quality, vibrant, green open space that is a focal point within the City Centre.

    If you have a connection to Brelsford Park and/or the grandstand, you can help us capture the history of the space by uploading your photos, news articles and other memories in the 'Stories' section.


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