Gosford has a rich and varied history, both Indigenous and European. Narratives of the past include the shoreline, Indigenous Darkinjung culture, the Leagues Clubs, and the evolution of the city. The Gosford Leagues Club Field is an iconic gateway to the city and connection the waterfront; embracing the past patterns and uses of space, and serving as a reminder of the significance these stories have had in shaping the present.
Brisbane Waters has long been separated from the original shoreline by the Central Coast Highway. An underlying theme for this project was to re-imagine this connection. Cut along the 1919 shoreline, the ‘Norimbah Tidal Terrace’ fills with sea water every high tide, creating a dynamic, energetic, wild play area. Designed in collaboration with Darkinjung people, the tidal terrace tells stories of local aquatic life, pre-European history, and early contact. Bush tucker planting feeds into the Darkinjung narrative of moving from the forest to the sea.
At the centre of the tidal terrace the ‘Bongal’ provides a stage for community events. Clan poles feature artwork that reveals Darkinjung culture and the culture of neighbouring nations.
Elements of wild play, including logs, rocks and ropes provide a play passage between the Tidal Terrace and three adjacent playgrounds with sculptural play equipment.
Ray Maher Field carries cultural significance for the Central Coast Leagues Club. Tracing its perimeter is a jogging track coined the Walk of Fame, showcasing sixty brass plaques honouring local community members who have made important contributions to the city.