Kibble Park has been the heart of Gosford for a long time but the community has told us that Kibble Park is in need of a facelift and has some ageing infrastructure, and that is having a negative effect on the perception of the Gosford CBD. Upgrading Kibble Park will breathe new life into the City and present a fresh face for the community, visitors and businesses. The upgrade will include looking at new ideas for making the space attractive, safe and enjoyable for all people to be in, and ways to contribute to local economic development.
Council will be consulting with business owners, residents and users of the park every step of the way to create a park that we can all be proud of.
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The project is made up of two key components; the Place Plan and the Concept Plan. The Place Plan will set the direction for the Park and the Concept Plan lay out how the direction will come to life on the ground.
The engagement activities for the Kibble Park Place Plan will occur over two stages:
- Place Plan (Stage One) - now complete: Council will use previously gathered thoughts and ideas, and continue to seek understanding of current community needs for Kibble Park. Feedback provided by the community will inform the development of the draft Kibble Park Place Plan. The draft Place Plan will be made available for the community to provide further comment soon. This feedback will then inform the final Kibble Park Place Plan.
- Concept Plan (Stage Two) - upcoming: Council will develop a Concept Design for Kibble Park which will show the community how the direction and vision set by the Place Plan will look on the ground. The draft Concept Design will also be made available for the community to provide feedback on prior to finalisation.
Together we can create a Gosford that everyone can be proud of!
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Your thoughts and ideas are used to help us draft the Kibble Park Place Plan
The draft Kibble Park Place Plan will be published for community feedback
Feedback will be used to help us finalise the Kibble Park Place Plan
Concept Plans for Kibble Park underway!
The draft Kibble Park Concept Design available for community feedback
The Kibble Park Concept Design has been endorsed and is being implemented
Why is Council committing resources to Kibble Park now?
The importance of Town Centres and how they are managed is a priority for the community and Council. Kibble Park sits at the heart of Gosford and is an important part of Gosford’s growth. The Park is currently in need of an overhaul and rejuvenating, so that the entire community can enjoy, it is one of Councils priorities.
What is a Place Plan and why does Kibble Park need one?
We want to foster pride in the area and transform the way our community interacts and connects with Kibble Park.
A Place Plan aims to improve places and spaces for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors by adopting a place-based approach to determine the physical infrastructure and services that best respond to local needs. A key feature of the Place Plan involves identifying short, medium-and longer-term initiatives and projects that will help to enliven Kibble Park and improve the visitor experience for all.
The Place Plan will provide a framework to help Council work in partnership with the community to realise a shared vision for the Park, including how we manage the Park, guidance around events and activations and where physical infrastructure should be to support our collective objectives.
The NSW Government Architect has already made a plan for Kibble Park, why do we need another one?
The Gosford Urban Design Framework set a high-level direction for how the design of the city should be approached, including Kibble Park.
The Kibble Park Place Plan and subsequent Concept Plans will take that direction to the next level, setting out clear actions and practical concept designs that will guide Council in improving the experience of residents, businesses and tourists who use the Park.
How will the community be involved in the project while we are self isolating or in lock down?
We care about the safety of our community, customers and employees. In response to the evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking measured precautions to keep our staff and community safe. Opportunities for engaging the community in person are limited due to COVID-19 Social Distancing measures. This means we are initially using a range of online and alternative ways for the community to safely provide their feedback.
How will the upgrade improve the City?
The community has told us that Kibble Park is in need of a facelift and has some ageing infrastructure, and that is having a negative effect on the perception of the Gosford CBD. Upgrading Kibble Park will breathe new life into the City and present a fresh face for the community, visitors and businesses. The upgrade will include looking at new ideas for making the space attractive, safe and enjoyable for all people to be in, and ways to contribute to local economic development.
When will we start to see changes in the Park?
Council wants to get this right, so we are allowing the planning and community engagement process to take until the end of 2020. The Place Plan will set out short term initiatives which can be acted on more quickly as well as medium and longer-term goals, so expect to see some changes throughout 2021.
Will the historical information remain in Kibble Park?
It is important to celebrate local history in public spaces and we will be looking to enhance, not diminish, the celebration of heritage within Kibble Park. We will also be investigating some of the opportunities identified in the Gosford Heritage Interpretation Strategy.
How will the upgrade help to make Kibble Park safer?
Safety is a key concern for the community and Council. Good urban design helps to make places feel, and actually be, safer. Small changes such as improved lighting and clear lines of sight as well as bigger things like activating the space through events and things that attract more people all help to make places safer. The Place Plan and Concept Plan will prioritise safety as a key consideration.
Will the playground remain in Kibble Park?
Yes. Part of the project is to look at ways to upgrade the current playground and to make it accessible so everyone can play.
Will the library remain in Kibble Park?
The intent of the overall project is to look at all aspects of the Park with fresh eyes. The position of the current Library building and its connection to the Park and surrounding areas will be considered through the development of the Plan.
Council is also progressing with plans to develop a new Regional Library on Donnison St, across the road from the existing Library. There will be no changes in purpose nor interruption to any current operations of the Library until the new Regional Library has been completed.
How does Council plan to fund the Park upgrade?
Council is committed to the ongoing revitalisation of a range of town centres. It is anticipated the Plan will identify a range of enhancements that will be implemented over a few years through a combination of Council’s annual capital works program and external grant funding.
What is happening with the Fountain?
Council has recently conducted an assessment of the fountain with a view to refurbish it. However, due to the poor condition of its structure, foundations and componentry it has been deemed not viable to repair. The central sculpture piece though, is salvageable and could be reimagined and repurposed as part of upgrades to the Park.
What about the proposed Kibbleplex Development?
The Lederer Group’s proposed ‘Gosford Alive’ development on the site of the former Kibbleplex building is being assessed by the Department of Planning. Council has provided feedback on the development and continues to work with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and other Government stakeholders to advocate for positive planning outcomes for our community. The Kibble Park Place Plan project will consider this project and its relationship to the Park.
What are the next steps?
Following the initial consultation phase the draft Place Plan will be made available for the community to provide further comment. This feedback will then inform the final Kibble Park Place Plan.
Following this, Council will develop a Concept Design for Kibble Park which will show the community how the direction and vision set by the Place Plan will look on the ground. The draft Concept Design will also be made available for the community to provide feedback on prior to finalisation.