Gore Hill Park redevelopment gets green light
23 August 2016
Willoughby Council is set to deliver a major regional sport and recreation hub for the lower North Shore.
Council adopted the ‘Draft Gore Hill Park Plan of Management 2016’ and the ‘Draft Gore Hill Park Concept Plan 2016’ at its meeting on Monday 22 August.
The redevelopment of Gore Hill Park is designed to meet the needs of a growing and changing population in the St Leonards CBD and the wider Willoughby, North Sydney and Lane Cove areas. It will see the existing parklands, oval and current sports facilities turned into a significant regional public space by providing a greater range of much needed active and passive recreational opportunities on the site. At the same time, Council plans to create a park and playground for use by local residents, North Shore workers, Royal North Shore Hospital visitors and the wider community.
Plans for Gore Hill Park include:
- New regional playground , exercise stations and promenade walking track
- Barbecue picnic areas, seating, landscaping and paths
- An all-weather synthetic grass playing field
- On-site storm water detention system
- An indoor sporting facility catering for a range of sports (organised and leisure)
- Underground parking
- Creating additional open space and green space where the existing northern car park is situated
Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said community feedback on the Plans as part of recent consultation was overwhelmingly favourable, with the community welcoming how the plans will increase the quality and useability of Gore Hill Park.
"What’s great about the redevelopment of Gore Hill Park is that it will meet the needs, and cater for so many different community members. It will provide a range of quality and accessible community sports facilities, as well as leisure and recreation spaces that promote the health and wellbeing of the Willoughby community and beyond," Mayor Gail said.
"Our sports clubs are excited and looking forward to the new improved, quality facilities that will increase much needed playing space and time across the region. And our office and hospital workers, and residents are enthusiastic for affordable leisure and recreation space within the heart of the St Leonards CBD," Mayor Gail added.
The redevelopment will be undertaken in two stages, and constructed as funds become available. The initial $10.5M stage has received funding from a Commonwealth Government Grant and is scheduled to commence in February 2017 as Council now progresses to the design and tender stage of the Concept Plan. Stage 1 is expected to be complete February 2018. The latter stage will be funded by a Voluntary Planning Agreement associated with the development of the nearby Gore Hill Technology Park.
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