New stage set for construction at Simmons Park

The staging of live performances at Simmons Park in Lindisfarne is about to get better with the Clarence City Council approving a tender of $390,000 for the construction of a new stage and associated facilities.

The upgrade will include a sheltered performance stage facility to address the future terraced amphitheatre and will be used for community performances and festivals. The sheltered stage will also serve as a picnic shelter with tables, seats and barbecue.

A new public amenities block that provides toilets and change room facilities is to be built that will be accessible to people of all ages and particularly suited to those with a disability and their carers.

The design of the buildings will maintain existing views of the bay from the park and surrounding properties. The buildings will be flat roofed and single storey to complement the park.

“The construction of these facilities will enhance the staging of live entertainment at Simmons Park, particularly the Clarence Jazz Festival, but also other live performances held there,” Clarence Acting Mayor, Alderman Campbell said.

“This park was designed to increase access to the waterfront and leisure facilities for people of all ages in our community. We believe the new facilities will provide for greater enjoyment of this area.”

Construction of the new stage and public toilets will commence shortly and is expected to be completed at the end of January next year.