$5.2M upgrades to Blue Mountains district parks
All four district parks in the Blue Mountains will receive upgrades valued at more than $5.2 million, thanks to funding received through the Western Parkland City Liveability Program.
UPDATE: 12pm on Friday, 9 July 2021: From 5pm Friday 9 July no more than 2 people can be together exercising at any one time (excluding people who live in the same household, so you can still exercise with the people you live with). In addition, people must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members.
UPDATE: 4pm on Wednesday 7 July, 2021: Council will reopen playgrounds – for exercise – from tomorrow, given there have been no new cases in the Blue Mountains after the confirmed case in Blaxland on 26-27 June.
Council Staff will be cleaning playground equipment twice a day at its district parks – at Glenbrook Park, Buttenshaw Park, Wentworth Falls Lake and Soldiers Memorial Park at Blackheath however as it is not possible for Council officers to clean equipment multiple times daily at all of its playgrounds in 56 different locations, residents are urged to wipe down equipment before use by their children.
Council also urges residents to be aware of the current public health order to ensure they do not contravene it while visiting these places. Go to https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/public-health-orders.aspx.
Across the Blue Mountains, there are:
Not every park and playground is the same. We have different kinds of parks and playgrounds, which people use differently, and need different equipment and management.
District parks are large and high quality parks that cater to the needs of the broader Blue Mountains community. They offer a wider variety of activities and settings and are often the most popular parks and playgrounds.
We have four district parks – Glenbrook Park, Springwood’s Buttenshaw Park, Wentworth Falls Lake Park and Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park. These parks service the upper and lower mountains.
Our district parks will receive upgrades valued at more than $5.2 million, thanks to funding received through the Western Parkland City Liveability Program. Consultation on detailed design will continue in early 2020.
Local parks are the next tier of park – smaller than a district park but still servicing a larger part of the community. Council has five local parks across the Blue Mountains. Most are set in a recreational ‘activity hub’ along with other facilities like sports ovals, sport courts, skate parks, dog-off leash spaces and toilets.
Neighbourhood parks are open spaces within walking distance of homes, servicing local neighbourhoods and villages. They are not highly developed, but still offer a place for residents and visitors to gather. Many also have unique features such as sculptures, mosaics, heritage play items, historic and cave-like grottos, bike path circuits and bush setting.
The other small play spaces found in our City are called civic parks.
The Open Space and Recreation Strategic Plan 2018-2028, which the community and Council endorsed in 2018, is our strategy for managing open spaces, sport and recreation facilities, including playgrounds.
The Plan showed larger, more diverse, playgrounds in local parks (and those adjacent to sports grounds) are more highly used by our community. District parks are also the most popular for play and social events.
There is currently a significant funding shortfall to maintain and renew current recreation facilities, especially playgrounds, walking tracks and lookouts and pools across the City. That means we can’t do everything, so Council is focusing on providing:
Consultation on Children’s play for the Open Space and Recreation Strategic Plan 2018-2028 found:
Read the full Open Space and Recreation Strategic Plan.
Our Play Guidelines, which were endorsed by the community and Council in 2018 highlight play themes and how these will be incorporated into parks throughout the City, over time.
In addition to the different types and levels of parks, Council provides a range of different play types across our playgrounds and parks, to ensure there is something to suit children’s diverse needs and ages.