Warringa Park Playground Upgrading Proposal

Consultation has concluded

Thank you to all who participated in the community survey and engagement program for the proposed playground upgrading in Warringa Park.

The results of the survey showed 60% supported the playground as exhibited, 15% were undecided but implied support if there will be no impact on current use by dog owners, and of the 25% who opposed the
plans, several conceded the need for some refurbishment or qualified their ‘no’ response to ‘support if playground is fenced’.

Council is not proposing to make any changes to use of this park by dog owners, and based on feedback
received, is planning to make the following amendments to the concept that was exhibited:

  • 40% of respondents requested fencing of the play space so a simple fence will be incorporated into the landscaping around the new playground to provide separation from the rest of the Park
  • The concept plans already showed additional park furniture, including on the upper level, however more will be considered as budget permits
  • consideration will be given to installing a small fitness unit within Warringa Park if budget permits. Note - the Anderson Park Plan of Management/Masterplan identifies locations for fitness equipment in that park

Council would also like to highlight that continued use and enjoyment of the park by dog owners has been considered in the proposal in the following ways:

  • Relocation of the bubbler to near the entry gate (with a bottle/bowl refill tap on the side)
  • Relocation of one park bench to the upper area of the Park, for dog owners
  • Redesigned, splayed entry and gate from Kurraba road making it easier to enter the park while keeping people and pets further from the roadway.

Council anticipates construction of the playground will be completed by 30 June 2019.

Submissions closed 14 December 2018.

Background

The existing playground is approximately 18 years old and was carefully designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape and capitalise on the shade from existing embankment trees. The playground has been extremely popular and well-used, and is now a little tired. Council does not intend to drastically change the size or character of this play-space, but is keen to maximise play-value and improve accessibility. Funding was allocated in the North Sydney Delivery Program and the work is scheduled for completion in the current financial year.

Warringa Park has a wonderful tree canopy with many new trees specifically planted around the edge of the playground to increase natural shade. This has provided a beautiful setting for a playground. The entire park is fenced, providing excellent opportunities for free-play to evolve from the formal playspace, encouraging running, ball games and other active play that is so beneficial to childhood health, development and well-being. It is a fabulous setting for play.

What proposed?

To revamp the existing playground in Warringa Park, incorporating an exciting range of new equipment for users of diverse ages and abilities.

The proposed upgrade will:

  • Complement the existing leafy character of the Park and blend into the landform

  • Provide a variety of play equipment offering inclusive play opportunities for a diverse range of ages and abilities

  • Provide maximum play value by offering many different types of activities (spinning, swinging, sliding, bouncing, climbing etc), and providing equipment that can accommodate several children simultaneously.

  • Have improved accessibility for strollers, wheelchairs, mobility aids and the like

  • Provide a pleasant environment for parents and carers with an adequate amount of seating positioned to facilitate easy supervision

  • Incorporate the surrounding canopy trees, gardens and landscaping as integral components of the design

The upgrading proposal that was exhibited can be viewed in the document library.

More information: contact Melissa McManus, Landscape Planning and Design Department on 9936 8100.

Thank you to all who participated in the community survey and engagement program for the proposed playground upgrading in Warringa Park.

The results of the survey showed 60% supported the playground as exhibited, 15% were undecided but implied support if there will be no impact on current use by dog owners, and of the 25% who opposed the
plans, several conceded the need for some refurbishment or qualified their ‘no’ response to ‘support if playground is fenced’.

Council is not proposing to make any changes to use of this park by dog owners, and based on feedback
received, is planning to make the following amendments to the concept that was exhibited:

  • 40% of respondents requested fencing of the play space so a simple fence will be incorporated into the landscaping around the new playground to provide separation from the rest of the Park
  • The concept plans already showed additional park furniture, including on the upper level, however more will be considered as budget permits
  • consideration will be given to installing a small fitness unit within Warringa Park if budget permits. Note - the Anderson Park Plan of Management/Masterplan identifies locations for fitness equipment in that park

Council would also like to highlight that continued use and enjoyment of the park by dog owners has been considered in the proposal in the following ways:

  • Relocation of the bubbler to near the entry gate (with a bottle/bowl refill tap on the side)
  • Relocation of one park bench to the upper area of the Park, for dog owners
  • Redesigned, splayed entry and gate from Kurraba road making it easier to enter the park while keeping people and pets further from the roadway.

Council anticipates construction of the playground will be completed by 30 June 2019.

Submissions closed 14 December 2018.

Background

The existing playground is approximately 18 years old and was carefully designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape and capitalise on the shade from existing embankment trees. The playground has been extremely popular and well-used, and is now a little tired. Council does not intend to drastically change the size or character of this play-space, but is keen to maximise play-value and improve accessibility. Funding was allocated in the North Sydney Delivery Program and the work is scheduled for completion in the current financial year.

Warringa Park has a wonderful tree canopy with many new trees specifically planted around the edge of the playground to increase natural shade. This has provided a beautiful setting for a playground. The entire park is fenced, providing excellent opportunities for free-play to evolve from the formal playspace, encouraging running, ball games and other active play that is so beneficial to childhood health, development and well-being. It is a fabulous setting for play.

What proposed?

To revamp the existing playground in Warringa Park, incorporating an exciting range of new equipment for users of diverse ages and abilities.

The proposed upgrade will:

  • Complement the existing leafy character of the Park and blend into the landform

  • Provide a variety of play equipment offering inclusive play opportunities for a diverse range of ages and abilities

  • Provide maximum play value by offering many different types of activities (spinning, swinging, sliding, bouncing, climbing etc), and providing equipment that can accommodate several children simultaneously.

  • Have improved accessibility for strollers, wheelchairs, mobility aids and the like

  • Provide a pleasant environment for parents and carers with an adequate amount of seating positioned to facilitate easy supervision

  • Incorporate the surrounding canopy trees, gardens and landscaping as integral components of the design

The upgrading proposal that was exhibited can be viewed in the document library.

More information: contact Melissa McManus, Landscape Planning and Design Department on 9936 8100.

Warringa Park Playground Upgrading Proposal

Consultation has concluded