IT was previously one of Bathurst's "forgotten parks", but now the College Road park is one of the city's finest.
The park underwent a big transformation this year after residents and councillors spoke up about how unkempt it was.
What was just a small area with a metal slide, swing and see-saw, now features climbing equipment, a basketball hoop and landscaping.
The makeover cost Bathurst Regional Council $60,000, but residents and councillors can attest that it was worth the investment.
"This was the most forgotten, most unloved park in Bathurst and that is no longer the case," councillor Jess Jennings said.
"It shows what the community can do."
- VIDEO:How the College Road park used to look.
In addition to the play equipment and landscaping, the park now features a blue bench that was donated by the Bathurst Country Women's Association (CWA).
When the need to revamp the park was brought up earlier this year, groups were invited to contribute and the CWA branch got in touch.
The bench came at a cost of $1500 and gives parents place to sit while they watch their children play.
CWA secretary Joy Press was happy the group could contribute to the park.
"People can see that we are not just tea and scones, we do get out and help the community," she said.
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Cr Jacqui Rudge was particularly thankful for the CWA's generosity, saying it was an example of collaboration between the community and council.
Since the park was transformed, more and more people have been visiting it and using the new equipment.
"That's what makes Cr Jennings and I happy, to see that people are out here utilising it," Cr Rudge said.
"It's improved the streetscape as well."
It is hoped that the College Road Park will be the first of many parks in Bathurst to be given a makeover.
"The ongoing legacy of this project is that a list of at least a dozen parks has been put together of other forgotten parks," Cr Jennings said.
These parks will continue to be brought to council's attention so they can be improved for the community.