St Leonards Park Landscape Masterplan

Due Completion:

Stage 1 of the St Leonards Park Landscape Masterplan – ‘Research & Analysis’ – is now complete, and we are seeking your input into Stage 2 of this exciting project – ‘Development of Concept Design Ideas’.

 

3 Ways to Have Your Say about this Exciting Project Now...

 

1. Visit a Pop-up Display

A series of Community Drop-in Sessions have been scheduled to provide interested community members and other stakeholders with opportunities to view and discuss a series of Pop-up Display Panels that explain guiding principles and illustrate concept design ideas to show how St Leonards Park may look and function in the future.

Visitors will be able to discuss issues and ideas with Council’s consultants, and to indicate things that they like and things that they don’t.

An earlier session was held on 17 May, however sessions scheduled for 20 May were postponed due to the weather.

Future sessions will be held as follows:

St Leonards Park          Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 12.00 – 2.00pm

Civic Park                      Saturday, 17 June 2017, 8.00 – 11.00am

                                      (coincides with Northside Produce Markets)

St Leonards Park          Saturday, 17 June 2017, 12.00 – 2.00pm

 

 

2. Complete the Online Survey

Take the online survey now

The Online Survey allows community and stakeholders who do not attend a Drop-in Session to comment on the guiding principles and concept design ideas

 

3. A Stakeholder Workshop will also be held in June 2017

A stakeholder workshop will provide another forum for discussing and commenting on the guiding principles and concept design ideas. Exact date and other details will be posted on this website.

Further opportunities to have your say will occur during Stage 4 of the project; public exhibition of the draft Landscape Masterplan. Exact date and other details will be posted on this website. 

 

General Project Information

St Leonards Park Landscape Masterplan

Council has engaged Gallagher Studio to develop a low intervention Landscape Masterplan for St Leonards Park in North Sydney. St Leonards Park is one of North Sydney's largest and best-loved parks. It has a distinctive Victorian landscape character and is rich in history and heritage. The Park is a great place to play, relax and socialise, and it contains our premier sportsground, North Sydney Oval.

The Masterplan offers an opportunity to develop a comprehensive plan that can achieve a balance of uses while protecting, preserving and enhancing the park’s heritage values.

The project is being delivered in 5 stages:

Stage 1: Research and Analysis (August 2016 – March 2017)

Stage 2: Development of principles & concept master plans ideas (March – June 2017)

Stage 3: Development of a draft Landscape Masterplan

Stage 4: Public Exhibition of the draft Landscape Masterplan

Stage 5: Review feedback and finalise Landscape Masterplan

 

Stage 1: Research and Analysis (complete)

Council’s Consultants have examined relevant documents including the St Leonards Park Conservation Management Plan 2013 and the Recreation Needs Study 2015, and have researched and analysed local context, civic context, catchments, topography, landuses, built form, nearby open space, wider context (walking, cycling), heritage, historical evolution of the park, park structure (access, circulation, entrances and views, tree configurations), spatial structure (avenues and enclosed gardens, semi-enclosed spaces, open spaces), park furniture, toilets, playground, services and utilities, drainage, park use and users.

Stage 1 Consultation gathered information about how the Park is currently used and valued, and canvassed ideas for improvement. Activities included:

  • 457 online and intercept surveys completed

  • 14 stakeholder interviews (In person or by phone)

  • 6 written submissions received

  • Workshop for Council staff involved in management of the Park (11 attended)

The key findings from Stage 1 Consultation are summarised below:

  1. Main reasons for visiting St Leonards Park (in order of most popular answers):
    walking, relaxation, bringing children to play, walking dogs, meeting friends
  2. What people value most about the Park (in order of most popular answers):
    green open space, trees and greenery, peace and quiet, dog friendly, views, playground, sports facilities, walking paths, family friendly, range of uses
  3. Key issues and ideas for improvements:
  • Retain and improve open space grassed areas for relaxation

  • Upgrade park amenity including lighting, paths, seating, tables, toilets, & water fountains

  • Address cycling in the park to prevent conflict between commuter cyclists and pedestrians

  • Upgrade open space areas to reduce conflict between different user groups including sporting groups, school groups, exercise groups, dog walkers and passive recreation activities

  • Improve sports facilities including a longer cricket net run up, resurfacing of the netball/ basketball courts, lighting at the courts, and a turf practice wicket for first grade fixtures

  • Improve spaces for children and young people to play.  For example: upgrade the playground, add a fence, provide a recreational space for older children/teens and provide recreational cycling paths for children

  • Improve pedestrian safety on Fig Tree Lane and Bowling Club driveway

  • Resolve drainage issues including flooding near the amphitheatre and drainage along Ridge St under the fig trees

View the Stage 1 Engagement Outcomes report (5MB)

 

Stage 2: Development of principles & concept master plans ideas (current)

The Consultants are currently developing a series of guiding principles and concept ideas for St Leonards Park to test publicly via a series of ‘drop-in’ events to be held in St Leonards Park and in nearby Civic Park, as well as an online survey and stakeholder workshop.

Draft Guiding Principles:

  1. A Park for All
    Provide a balance of active and passive recreation
    Provide a clear definition between various spaces throughout the park
    Minimise conflicts between various users of the park, particularly cyclists, pedestrians, active / passive recreation
    Provide strategy for managing park use and develop appropriate maintenance strategies

  2. An Historic Park
    Celebrate the strong historical patterns of the park
    Retain and manage the historic trees
    Restore War Memorial and Tunks Fountain’s scale and prominence
    Remove elements which do not support the heritage character of the park
    Provide opportunities to highlight the park’s history
    Explore opportunities to enhance the meaning and story of heritage items

  3. An Accessible Park
    Minimise the conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians on internal pathways
    Investigate the possibility of widening internal pathways
    Investigate the possibility of a dedicated cycleway path
    Relocate lamp posts and reduce clutter

  4. A Generous, Comfortable Park
    Upgrade the public toilets, review current location and potentially relocate
    Improve the amenity of the park by providing new & upgraded park furniture
    Upgrade park lighting
    Explore opportunities to expand the playground to provide a wider range of activities for older children.

Stage 2 Consultation - Have Your Say about this Exciting Project Now

Community drop-in sessions, an online survey and a stakeholder workshop will provide interested community members and other stakeholders with the opportunity to provide Council with feedback regarding the guiding principles and concept design ideas that are being developed for St Leonards Park. Community and stakeholder ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ will assist Council and the Consultants to develop a draft Landscape Masterplan for St Leonards Park that accurately reflects community needs and wants.

(Details of Stage 2 Consultation opportunities are provided at the top of this page)

 

Stage 3: Development of a draft Landscape Masterplan - July 2017 onwards

Stage 4: Public Exhibition of the draft Landscape Masterplan

Stage 5: Review feedback and finalise Landscape Masterplan

 

Background: View the project history from 2003 to the present (124KB).

 

More information, contact:

Megan White, Landscape Architect/Planner, 9936 8100

Kate Bambrick-Browne, Landscape Grants Coordinator, 9936 8100

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