WARILLA residents can now enjoy a bright, new community art bed at Crew Park thanks to the work of participants in the 2528 Child Friendly by Design (CFbD) project.
The project, under Healthy Cities Illawarra, was designed to identify places in the Shellharbour area that needed improvements to better accommodate children and families.
CFbD co-ordinator Nikke Gladwin said the art beds were in response to feedback on the park's "bland" atmosphere and were part of Planet Ark's National Tree Day.
"We wanted to do something different and dynamic," she said.
"By creating a community art bed we can accommodate various art features designed by the children's experiences in the park.
"Over the weekend more than 70 people, children, families and the wider community, came to the National Tree Day event we held at the park.
"We installed art poles deigned by local children telling their story of their connection to the park and some Shellharbour City Council members came along to help us plant a tree that was donated by a community member.
"The day was a great example of what community members can achieve when they work together.
"There was a really nice feeling of camaraderie and people working together for the purpose of making the park a nicer place."
Ms Gladwin thanked local businesses Holcim, Gates Haulage and Yatcon Civil who contributed to the project.
An awards evening for 2528 project members was held at Warilla Bowling Club last Thursday to recognise those who have assisted with delivering the project.