Bega's Columbine Park has received a much needed makeover.
Officially opened on Friday, July 19, the park has now been fitted with a half-sized basketball court, pagoda, garden, bike track and yarning circle.
Bega Valley Shire Council deputy mayor Mitchell Nadin said with modern technology isolating many people from their communities, outdoor spaces are a crucial part of town planning.
"These places are becoming rare, but more important in our daily lives," he said.
"It's a space made by the community for the community."
The park is named after the state flower of Colorado in the United States, and Bega-Littleton Sister City Exchange Group president Phil Moffitt said he's happy to see the area rejuvenated.
"It feels appropriate. It is good the word Columbine is still in our local language," he said.
Twenty years on from the Columbine High School massacre, Mr Moffitt said the park is not a memorial to the victims of that tragic day but a mark of respect for Australia's first sister city relationship.
Twelve students and one teacher were killed and 24 others injured in the 1999 Littleton school shooting.
Djiringanj and Ngarigo Elder Aunty Colleen Dixon spent a lot of her childhood in Howard Avenue, near the park, after her family were the first Traditional Custodians to move into Bega in the 1960s.
She said the park's facelift has opened the space for use by the community's next generation.
"There was none of this here then. There was just the one house," she said.
"It's a good start. It's a really nice little project. It's good for the children."
Ms Dixon said the community was hoping for an outdoor gym and toilet facilities to be incorporated into the park at some point.
In 2014 community members cleaned up the then neglected garden which was moved from its original Littleton Gardens site in the centre of town.
Local youngster Talerah Thomas said she and her friends have been spending as much time in the park as possible during the school holidays.
"It's much better than it used to be," she said.
"I love playing in the new pagoda."