Shellharbour City Centre's five-hectare City Park has been renamed Harrison Park in honour of Bob and Ann Harrison's contribution to the community.
The couple proudly boast the title of being "the longest-serving husband and wife team" in NSW local government.
In 1973, Ann Harrison was the first woman elected to Shellharbour Council, joining her husband on the council after his election in 1971.
Mrs Harrison held a seat on the council between 1973 and 1977 and again from 1980 to 1991.
Mr Harrison meantime served on the council from 1971 to 1991 and was mayor for 15 years during that time. He was also the Member for Kiama between 1986 and 1999.
Speaking at yesterday's dedication ceremony, Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the Harrisons had been an inspiration to her and had made a significant contribution in transforming Shellharbour from a disadvantaged municipality in the 1970s to the proud city it is today.
Cr Saliba said it was appropriate that Harrison Park bordered New Lake Entrance Road.
"I recall Bob leading a goat down the old one-lane Lake Entrance Road to make the point to the state government that Lake Entrance Road was a goat track and needed to be upgraded," Cr Saliba said.
"After that it became two lanes both ways ... he fought very hard for us to have infrastructure in place and there are items all around the city that are evidence of the Harrisons' commitment to the city.
"The devotion they have shown to our city and the future of its residents is indisputable and the naming of our city park could not be any more fitting."
Mrs Harrison said naming the park after the couple was "one of the most exciting things ever to happen to us in our lives".
"This is a beautiful park and I think Shellharbour is going from strength to strength.
"There was a hiccup a few years ago when the council was sacked but I think people have come together now and the future is bright."
Mr Harrison said he would not have had the success he had without his wife Ann.
"We pretty much think alike," he said.
"There were some times we voted in different ways and ... there were probably times where she was right and I was wrong ... but there wouldn't have been very many of those occasions," he laughed.