WORK on the McLachlan Park redevelopment has begun this week with the start of excavation and the construction of the new toilet block at the northern end of the park.
Clarence Valley Council acting director of works and civil Peter Birch said council is looking to minimise business disruption as the redevelopment takes place by beginning at the northern end.
"Council will liaise with SPAR and other businesses during the project to keep the disruptions to a minimum," he said.
Two camphor laurel trees in McLachlan Park are scheduled to be removed in May to coincide with the start of works on the levy wall at the southern end of the park.
Mr Birch said with some longer waiting times expected for items like the floodgates that needed to be specially designed and built for the project, the redevelopment is expected to be completed by the end of August.
"It's been a long time coming so it's good to see the project started.
"The redevelopment will realise some of the potential of the area, that's always been the objective, and will create better access to the river."