City Park, Port Pirie

  • Port Pirie, South Australia
  • Port Pirie Regional Council
  • 2015-2017
  • $600k

As part of Port Pirie’s CBD streetscape improvements City Park is slated for a distinct makeover. Sitting at the corner of Alexander and Ellen Streets, City Park is an important but underutilised and overgrown space adjacent to the Council Chambers, and separated from the working port only by the heritage-listed Barrier Chambers.

Better use of the park for civic events was an important need, as was the desire for a green and shady place for workers at lunch, or visitors looking for a quiet stop.

The design opens up the park with light, views and paths. Heritage features are integrated, shaded seating areas are provided, and the park enlivened with planting, colour, art and water.

The central feature of this small but dynamic space is a 12x12m shade structure designed by Jensen PLUS in steel and timber. Its 5m high columns support a textured roof creating a changing pattern of shade through the day. The structure’s scale evokes the industry and wharves of Pirie, with modern touches like LED lighting making a landmark night and day. Construction is due to commence later in 2017.