The Whyalla City Council has competed the first stage of a $405,000 lighting and security upgrade at Civic Park.
A total of 43 "Stealth" solar-powered lights have been installed inCivic Park and adjoining Schulz Park. The lights are strategically placed to provide as much light as possible on pathways and throughout the park.
The next stage of the project will be 16 CCTV cameras to monitor the park 24-7 with the vision beamed direct to the Whyalla Police Station.
The project is a combined effort between Council, community, Whyalla Police and the Federal Government.
It was made possible with a Federal Government grant of $364,557 last year from Round 2 of the Safer Communities Fund which was topped up by council.
The application for this funding was submitted by Council following incidents at Civic Park last year where trees were snapped, the council depot was broken into, attempts were made to set a toilet block on fire and council workers were harassed.
A subsequent internal Council campaign, of recording and reporting vandalism and crime incidents with a direct line to police, helped secure the funding announced by Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey last year.
Police have continued to be actively involved in assessing the area and advising Council of the best locations for the lights and cameras.
Council Senior Project Manager Tom Spirat said the difference in the park was on show for everyone to see at night.
"This park could be pitch black at night when some of the street lights went off," Tom said.
"Now you can see these lights on at all times and it has been noticeable that more people are starting to use the park and enjoy it regardless of the time of day.
"People are obviously feeling much safer with this lighting and that creates a snowball effect with the more people using the park, the safer it becomes."
The Stealth lights are solar powered, comply with the highest of safety standards in regards to illumination and have motion sensors that boost the light coverage when anyone is in the vicinity.
The lights will work hand-in-hand with the CCTV cameras scheduled to be installed next month.
Incidents of crime should be reported to police via Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Vandalism to public property can be reported to Council by calling 8640 3444, via the council website or by using the My Local Services app which can be downloaded at http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=4099