St Thomas Rest Park Playground Refurbishment

Consultation has concluded

UPDATE MARCH 2020

RESULTS OF COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

There was extremely strong support for the refurbishment project and the concept of keeping the playground essentially the same. Many respondents advised that they regularly use this park, often several times per week, making their commentsand suggestions extremely valuable due to their intimate understanding of how theexisting playground is used.

Comments, themes and Council’s responses are listed below:

  • The swings are very popular so any opportunity to increase capacity would be good
    • If budget permits, Council will switch one toddler seat for the two-person ‘parent and child’ style seat similar to the one at Kesterton Park
  • The trampoline is a great idea but might be better located elsewhere within the playgro
    • Council will endeavour to reposition the trampoline within the playspace
  • Bubblers are hard to use with toddlers
    • Council will install a new bubbler which incorporates a bottle refill option.
  • A sandpit would be good.
    • Sandpits require daily inspection and maintenance so unfortunately this cannot be accommodated in this park.

Council is assessing quotations for this refurbishment project and will keep park users updated. It is anticipated that the work will be completed in FY 2019/20. Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused during theconstruction phase, which is likely to commence in May 2020 and take approximately 6 weeks. During this period, playground users may wish to visit Cahill playground (Sophia Street, Crows Nest), Fred Hutley Reserve (Palmer Street, Cammeray), St Leonards Park (Miller Street, North Sydney) or use the North Sydney Council Playgrounds Guide to find other local facilities.

Feedback closed 5pm Monday 24 February 2020.

Council is refurbishing the existing play space in St Thomas Rest Park and invites feedback on our plans.

Background

The existing playground is approximately 15 years old and has been very well-used during this time. Council will revitalise this popular facility while retaining the beautiful leafy garden character of the existing playground. The refurbishment will retain most of the existing elements but will aim to increase functionality and accessibility and where space permits, some new smaller play elements may be added.

Playground Concept

The existing playground layout and facilities have served the community well and have been much-loved. Therefore, the refurbished playground will remain essentially the same. The existing colour scheme will be retained and any new equipment or materials will be sympathetic to the existing character.

What will be refreshed?

- Change one swing seat on the larger swing set to an accessible ‘arm-powered’ seat

- Replace existing carousel with a new, ground level, wheelchair accessible carousel

- Replace and reposition the existing seesaw with a larger more accessible seesaw

- Refurbish the main slide and deck structure, critter climber and spring rockets

- Refurbish the existing train engine climber and add a spring-mounted, accessible ‘train carriage’ behind the engine

- Add a new small in-ground trampoline

- Add a new rubber stepping stone and balancing activity

- Add free-standing activity panels in accessible locations e.g. clock, tic tac toe, maze.

- Re-surface the existing rubber softfall and expand the rubber in key areas to provide better access.

- Replace existing picnic tables with new timber-look furniture (consistent with Council’s new design palette) and add a new timber-look park seat

- Embellish all existing gardens by adding more planting.

The result of this refurbishment should be a cohesive play facility that continues to sit neatly into the surrounding landscape, providing parents and carers with comfortable supervision points and children of all abilities with a safe, stimulating and challenging play-space where they can interact with their friends and enjoy this beautiful parkland setting.

Note: there are no changes proposed to the surrounding parkland, please only provide feedback on elements of the play space.

If you would like further information on this proposal, contact Melissa McManus on 9936 8100.

UPDATE MARCH 2020

RESULTS OF COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

There was extremely strong support for the refurbishment project and the concept of keeping the playground essentially the same. Many respondents advised that they regularly use this park, often several times per week, making their commentsand suggestions extremely valuable due to their intimate understanding of how theexisting playground is used.

Comments, themes and Council’s responses are listed below:

  • The swings are very popular so any opportunity to increase capacity would be good
    • If budget permits, Council will switch one toddler seat for the two-person ‘parent and child’ style seat similar to the one at Kesterton Park
  • The trampoline is a great idea but might be better located elsewhere within the playgro
    • Council will endeavour to reposition the trampoline within the playspace
  • Bubblers are hard to use with toddlers
    • Council will install a new bubbler which incorporates a bottle refill option.
  • A sandpit would be good.
    • Sandpits require daily inspection and maintenance so unfortunately this cannot be accommodated in this park.

Council is assessing quotations for this refurbishment project and will keep park users updated. It is anticipated that the work will be completed in FY 2019/20. Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused during theconstruction phase, which is likely to commence in May 2020 and take approximately 6 weeks. During this period, playground users may wish to visit Cahill playground (Sophia Street, Crows Nest), Fred Hutley Reserve (Palmer Street, Cammeray), St Leonards Park (Miller Street, North Sydney) or use the North Sydney Council Playgrounds Guide to find other local facilities.

Feedback closed 5pm Monday 24 February 2020.

Council is refurbishing the existing play space in St Thomas Rest Park and invites feedback on our plans.

Background

The existing playground is approximately 15 years old and has been very well-used during this time. Council will revitalise this popular facility while retaining the beautiful leafy garden character of the existing playground. The refurbishment will retain most of the existing elements but will aim to increase functionality and accessibility and where space permits, some new smaller play elements may be added.

Playground Concept

The existing playground layout and facilities have served the community well and have been much-loved. Therefore, the refurbished playground will remain essentially the same. The existing colour scheme will be retained and any new equipment or materials will be sympathetic to the existing character.

What will be refreshed?

- Change one swing seat on the larger swing set to an accessible ‘arm-powered’ seat

- Replace existing carousel with a new, ground level, wheelchair accessible carousel

- Replace and reposition the existing seesaw with a larger more accessible seesaw

- Refurbish the main slide and deck structure, critter climber and spring rockets

- Refurbish the existing train engine climber and add a spring-mounted, accessible ‘train carriage’ behind the engine

- Add a new small in-ground trampoline

- Add a new rubber stepping stone and balancing activity

- Add free-standing activity panels in accessible locations e.g. clock, tic tac toe, maze.

- Re-surface the existing rubber softfall and expand the rubber in key areas to provide better access.

- Replace existing picnic tables with new timber-look furniture (consistent with Council’s new design palette) and add a new timber-look park seat

- Embellish all existing gardens by adding more planting.

The result of this refurbishment should be a cohesive play facility that continues to sit neatly into the surrounding landscape, providing parents and carers with comfortable supervision points and children of all abilities with a safe, stimulating and challenging play-space where they can interact with their friends and enjoy this beautiful parkland setting.

Note: there are no changes proposed to the surrounding parkland, please only provide feedback on elements of the play space.

If you would like further information on this proposal, contact Melissa McManus on 9936 8100.

Feedback form - St Thomas Rest Park Playground

Consultation has concluded