Council seeks ideas for improving local parks

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Council seeks ideas for improving local parks

Posted on: 14.11.2018

Wollondilly Council is seeking community input into plans for improvements to a number of the area’s key parks, sportsgrounds and reserves.

Draft master plans are progressing for Dudley Chesham Sportsground, The Oaks, Telopea Park, Buxton, Appin Park, Appin, Redbank Reserve, Picton and the Menangle Old School site.

Council hopes to create a five to ten year vision for how residents want to use these community spaces.

Mayor Judith Hannan said, “We want to encourage the increased use of parks and facilities, getting people outdoors and creating a liveable shire.”

“The idea is to improve our recreational spaces to bring people together. We hope there will be something for everyone.”

She noted, “If we have a master plan in place we will be positioned to apply for funding, so we can start to make these ideas happen.”

At Dudley Chesham Sportsground, the draft master plan is about formalising and enhancing the existing facilities to ensure there is a better format in place to cater to current and future recreational needs.

The key proposals in the draft master plan include replacement of the existing rugby league clubhouse with a new multi-purpose facility, creation of a second exit from the sportsground onto Burragorang Road, a children's playground, fitness equipment and an off-leash dog area as well as upgrades to the existing skate facility.

Ideas for Telopea Park include improvements to the children’s play area, a perimeter path and central picnic area.

Redbank Reserve is a blank canvas and its location close to the Wollondilly Community Leisure Centre, Picton High School and an industrial area means that with some good planning the park can be a really great asset for the whole community.

Current suggestions are for outdoor exercise equipment, an amenities block, footpaths and landscaping.

The draft master plan for Appin Park includes a new war memorial, improved facilities for the off-leash dog area, an RV friendly site, upgraded children’s playground, landscaping, a new park exit road, and children’s bike track.

A skate facility is something that the Appin community has been advocating for over a number of years and Council is working with the community to make their dream for a skate park a reality.

Council has been working on a draft master plan for the Menangle Old School site in response to recently received feedback from the community about what it could look like. The plan will be available to view and for comment in the next week.

Council will also be consulting on two more master plans in the New Year; the Botanic Gardens Precinct, including Hume Oval, RSL Park and Picton sportsground; and Mermaids Pool and Potholes Reserve.

Please head to http://www.engage.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/ to have your say on the future of these spaces.