WORK has started on the new café for Stanwell Park Beach.
The purpose built café will have an elevated covered dining deck overlooking the park, a paved outdoor seating area and a kiosk and kitchen. Two fully accessible public toilets are also a key component of the new design that was influenced by community feedback.
“We know this is a valued community space and Council has worked with the community to develop the design for the new café/kiosk,’’ Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
“Through our engagement we know there was a strong push from the community to preserve the building’s original kiosk sign, and we’ve taken that on board. It was carefully removed during the demolition with the intention of seeing how we might incorporate it into the new building.”
The aged kiosk building and residence, which had occupied the site for more than 50 years, were demolished last year, and a temporary shipping container-style café had operated at the site over the summer months. It will be removed to make way for the new building.
The project is anticipated to cost approximately $1.4 million and construction is expected to take about six months. Provided there is good weather, the new café will be opened late December. While the work is underway the site will be enclosed by construction fencing. There will be times when the south eastern corner of the carpark and existing pathway to the cafe will need to be closed to allow for the construction of new DDA compliant parking and access to the new café.
Access to all other areas of the reserve will remain open during construction works and pedestrians will be provided alternate access around the site.
The works are scheduled for Monday-Friday between 7am and 6pm and on Saturdays 8am-1pm.
If you’d like to know more about the project, contact Council on (02) 4227 7111.