Public amenities ready in time for holidays

The renewed, larger public amenities at East Esplanade Reserve, Manly were completed and opened in December, in time for the summer holidays.

The new construction includes more toilets, a family change room and accessible facilities.

An extensive timber deck integrates the old and new building, while protecting the roots of the precious fig tree beside the facilities.

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Project history

Following feedback received during community engagement the design was refined to include:

- separate male and female amenities

- urinals.

The design does not currently include showers within the footprint of the building, however additional showers will be provided.

View the revised plan

We will now proceed with the proposed upgrade with works anticipated to commence later this year.

The feedback and outcomes of engagement on this project are now available in the Engagement Report - East Esplanade Public Amenities Upgrade - December 2018.

Read the report

Key findings

During the 28 day engagement period 66 comments were received from residents and interested parties, via Council’s Have Your Say project page and email.

Feedback reflected support for the upgrade, with suggested changes:

  • inclusion of urinals
  • objection to unisex amenities
  • design elements.

Two comments opposed the proposal expressing concerns over the area already being too busy, with no parking.

Next steps

The concept design will now be reviewed based on the feedback received and a revised plan will be available on this project page in the coming weeks.

Thank you to all those who provided comment either online or in writing to us on this project.

The comment period on this project has now closed.

Staff will review and consider the feedback and an engagement summary will be provided on this page early in the new year.

If you haven't had a chance to provide comments on the proposed new amenities building at East Esplanade, there's still time.

Have Your Say online or in writing marked “East Esplanade Public Amenities” to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82, Manly, NSW 1655.

Comments close Sunday 25 November 2018

We’d like to hear your thoughts on the proposed renewal of the public amenities at East Esplanade.


Proposed floorplan

Artists impression

Want to know more? The Frequently Asked Questions may answer some of your queries.

Have Your Say

Online or in writing marked “East Esplanade Public Amenities” to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82, Manly, NSW 1655.

Comments close Sunday 25 November 2018

In response to the adopted East Esplanade Landscape Masterplan and the East Esplanade Reserve Community Safety Management Plan and feedback from users, we've prepared a concept for the extension of the existing public amenities at East Esplanade.

The proposed amenities building will include:

  • four additional toilets, providing six in total
  • a change room (including baby change facilities)
  • accessible amenity
  • outdoor showers.

This work has been budgeted for as part of Council’s 2018/19 Capital Works Program.

The landscape masterplan for East Esplanade was adopted by Council on 19 December 2017. The masterplan addresses several issues relating to the area, including the capacity of the public amenities.

Further to the adoption of the masterplan Council adopted the East Esplanade Reserve Community Safety Management Plan, at its meeting of 28 August 2018.

This plan identifies a range of actions to manage the East Esplanade Reserve. This plan seeks to ensure that safety, amenity and the environment are maintained, with consideration to residents and visitors.

A key issue identified in this plan was the provision of public amenities, and the need to extend and upgrade the East Esplanade public amenities. This information is referenced in the

East Esplanade Reserve Community Safety Management Plan, pg. 129.

Eliza Halsey

Senior Project Officer, Northern Beaches Council

Phone: 1300 434 434

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