$12 million upgrade approved for North Coast caravan park
THE long-awaited $12 million upgrade to the Evans Head Holiday Park and Community Reserve has been approved.
The upgrade will include an improved public reserve with an amphitheatre, and increased opportunities for markets and community groups to host events there.
The 1.75 ha reserve, costing $650,000, will also connect the town to the Evans River via a walking path suitable for families with prams, wheelchair-users and for bike riders.
Evans Head Holiday Park manager, Adrian Easdown, said it was exciting news for the Evans community.
"This waiting for approval has been going for a number of years now," he said. "It will be great for the town.
"The public reserve will make a beautiful day area that will hopefully sell the town."
As part of the community reserve upgrade, 38 holiday park sites will close, but Mr Easdown said he wasn't concerned.
"It's a net loss in the total number of sites in the park, but there will be an increase of 70 powered sites I'll be able to use all year round," he said.
There are currently 100 unpowered sites at the holiday park used only at Christmas or Easter.
Excluding the 38 closing-down sites, the others will become powered as part of the upgrade.
"The plan is for Evans Head to be busier during more of the year," Mr Easdown said.
"We've very excited about these upgrades and if anyone has any questions, please contact me via the park (on 66824212).
The upgrade was given the green light thanks to a new Plan of Management for New South Wales Crown Holiday Parks Trust (CHPT).
CHPT chief executive, Steve Edmonds, said a major focus of the upgrade was to alleviate traffic congestion and parking problems.
"Around the peak period currently the park entry gets quite congested ... so we're redesigning that whole entry and there will be a number of entry and exit points," he said.
Mr Edmonds said it usually took about two to three years to redevelop a park, but they would work in the off-peak seasons to minimise impact.
"We will close parts of the park at a time and keep the rest of it operational," he said.
The Evans Head Anzac Memorial will be carefully protected throughout the redevelopment process.
Key upgrades summary
- Additional wheelchair-accessible accommodation, facilities and amenities
- An upgraded public recreation precinct in the centre of the public reserve with new community facilities including pathways, playground and BBQs and a direct connection made between the town centre and the Evans River
- Relocation of the main park entry and reception to the central public recreation precinct to alleviate traffic congestion that occurs at the current location
- A separate entry to the riverside precinct of the park removing vehicles from the central public recreation precinct
- Development of the riverside precinct to provide fully serviced sites and waterfront cabins
- Larger sites to accommodate motorhomes and large vans
- Improved road networks with better access to sites and more space for guest vehicles within the park to ease pressure on the limited local parking available
- High quality and functional amenities and communal facilities
- A mix of accommodation types with scope for additional accommodation in the future