Central Coast Council is developing a concept design for a local level playspace, skatepark and pump track within the Kariong Oval Precinct. The Recreation Area will be located on the Curringa Road frontage nestled between two clusters of existing Eucalypt trees.
The vision of the development is to produce a high quality inclusive facility that will create opportunities for play, social engagement and an active outdoor lifestyle for a wide range of ages, ability levels and cultural backgrounds across the Central Coast.
Convic have been engaged as the design consultant to assist Council in providing community engagement to create a community responsive brief that will inform the design and decision-making process. The project is currently sitting within the predesign phase and at the completion of the community engagement a draft concept design will be produced.
Have your say
We’ve listened to feedback from pre-design consultation and have now developed a draft design for final feedback – this draft design will be available to view online shortly.
If you want to check out the draft design in person and provide us with some feedback, then come on down to one of our workshops at Kariong Community Hall:
- Thursday 6 May: 3.30-5.30pm
- Thursday 6 May: 5.30-7pm
There are also opportunities to virtually have your say, you can:
Feedback will be accepted until 5pm 17 May 2021.
Previous consultation with the community
Between 8 March and 21 March 2021, Council, with Convic invitied the community to have their say during the pre-design consultation phase.
The community were invited to:
- Complete the online survey (now closed)
- Attend a pre-design workshop (hosted by Convic) on Thursday 11 March at Kariong Community Hall at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
The workshops were open to everyone that had an interest in the project and wanted to have a say in the way it is designed and the different elements that can be included. Bookings were not essential but COVID check in on the day was.
A consultation report for the site analysis and pre-desgin consultation is now available here.
Council will be using Local Infrastructure Contributions to fund this project. Local Infrastructure Contributions (also referred to as Development Contributions) are charged by Council when new development occurs. These contributions fund local infrastructure needed to support an increased number of residents in the area. This type of local infrastructure typically includes local roads, stormwater and drainage, shared pathways, parks, playspaces or other recreational areas, environmental land and community facilities. For more information on Development Contributions and to view all Council Contribution Plans, go to Council's main website.
Where is the proposed Recreation Area to be located?
The Facility is to be located within the Kariong Oval precinct on Curringa Road.
What will happen to the existing skate park located near the Central Coast Highway underpass?
The existing skate park will be decommissioned after the opening of the new facility. The location of the existing skatepark in the back corner of the precinct attracts undesirable behaviour and does not provide an inviting and safe environment for young people to enjoy.
How was the proposed location selected?
The existing skatepark is located at the back of the Kariong Oval precinct and has resulted in undesirable behaviour occurring causing large ongoing maintenance costs and creating an unsafe environment. The location on the Curringa Road frontage will increase natural surveillance into the facility mitigating unsocial behaviour.
How is the project being funded?
This project is funded using Local Infrastructure Contributions, which means that the funds have been specifically set aside for this project. By carrying out this engagement at concept design stage, we ensure the community’s views are considered and included in the final product.
Is the playspace going to be accessible?
Accessibility is one of the components that will be considered when designing the facility.
When will the Recreation Area be complete?
It is anticipated that construction of the Kariong Oval Recreation Area will commence in early 2022. Updates on the construction schedule and the official opening date will be provided to the community throughout the construction phase.
Can the community get involved with the design of the Recreation Area? How?
Yes, Council is encouraging all interested members of the community to participate in the design process. Information regarding community and stakeholder engagement activities and how to provide feedback is available on this page.