THE long-awaited East Shores redevelopment project will open to the public on Friday.
Gladstone residents have been eagerly awaiting the redevelopment, which will feature a state-of-the-art water park, new parklands, waterfront boardwalk and viewing platform.
There also will be historical artefacts such as anchors and bollards from the old Auckland Point Wharf, and the Sea Hill Lighthouse originally erected on Curtis Island.
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The lighthouse was originally erected at Sea Hill Point at the north-west end of Curtis Island in the late 1800s to aid coastal navigation by marking the east side of the entrance to Keppel Bay, on a passage to Fitzroy River and Port Alma.
The first in Queensland of its design, Sea Hill Lighthouse was made of a hardwood frame clad with corrugated iron.
HMAS Gladstone also will provide a unique aspect of history at the East Shores redevelopment.
HMAS Gladstone patrolled the northern Queensland seas for illegal fishing boats and immigrants between 1984-2006.
While the precinct will be open from Friday, some work will be undertaken that day to remove temporary fencing and barricading.
Gladstone Ports Corporation is encouraging the community to plan their visits for the weekend, by which time the precinct will be fully accessible.