Glen Street Open Space Masterplan

Continuing the revitalisation of the Glen Street area we are initiating an Open Space Masterplan to improve connectivity and facilities at Frenchs Forest Showground and Lionel Watts Reserve.

Continuing the revitalisation of the Glen Street area we are initiating an Open Space Masterplan to improve connectivity and facilities at Frenchs Forest Showground and Lionel Watts Reserve.

  • Project implementation update

    4 months ago

    As part of the Glen Street Open Space Masterplan and Dog Off-leash Area Enhancement Program, we will shortly be returfing the showgrounds dog off-leash area.

    As we are upgrading Lionel Watts sportsground, the topsoil on fields 3 and 4 will be recycled and spread over the dog off-leash area. New irrigation will be installed and turf laid. Dogs and their owners will have a fabulous green lawn to enjoy.

    The works will commence in September 2018 and are expected to be completed by December 2018. While the works are underway, we hope you and your dog will enjoy exploring the Northern Beaches other dog off-leash areas.

    For further information please contact Jenny Cronan, Senior Recreation Planner on 1300 434 434.

    As part of the Glen Street Open Space Masterplan and Dog Off-leash Area Enhancement Program, we will shortly be returfing the showgrounds dog off-leash area.

    As we are upgrading Lionel Watts sportsground, the topsoil on fields 3 and 4 will be recycled and spread over the dog off-leash area. New irrigation will be installed and turf laid. Dogs and their owners will have a fabulous green lawn to enjoy.

    The works will commence in September 2018 and are expected to be completed by December 2018. While the works are underway, we hope you and your dog will enjoy exploring the Northern Beaches other dog off-leash areas.

    For further information please contact Jenny Cronan, Senior Recreation Planner on 1300 434 434.
  • Masterplan adopted

    7 months ago

    Council adopted the masterplan on 22 May 2018 with a recommendation that the local community including youth are engaged during designing of the skate park.

    Council adopted the masterplan on 22 May 2018 with a recommendation that the local community including youth are engaged during designing of the skate park.

  • Report to adopt

    7 months ago

    A report to Council on 22 May 2018 will recommend adoption of the masterplan, as revised following public exhibition. The Council report includes information about community engagement on this project as well as a copy of the final masterplan.



    If you would like to attend the Council meeting, here are the details:
    • Venue: Dee Why Council Chambers
    • Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
    • Time: from 6.30pm
    If you would like to address the Council on this, or any other matter, please apply online.


    Should you have any questions about the masterplan, please contact Council's Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.

    A report to Council on 22 May 2018 will recommend adoption of the masterplan, as revised following public exhibition. The Council report includes information about community engagement on this project as well as a copy of the final masterplan.



    If you would like to attend the Council meeting, here are the details:
    • Venue: Dee Why Council Chambers
    • Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
    • Time: from 6.30pm
    If you would like to address the Council on this, or any other matter, please apply online.


    Should you have any questions about the masterplan, please contact Council's Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.

  • Thank you for your feedback

    10 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback on the Glen Street Open Space Masterplan. Council will now commence reviewing all submissions received and will update this page once the submissions have been considered.

    Thank you for your feedback on the Glen Street Open Space Masterplan. Council will now commence reviewing all submissions received and will update this page once the submissions have been considered.

  • How to be involved

    11 months ago

    Make a submission

    In writing to Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why 2099 (please mark attention to ‘Glen Street Open Space Masterplan Public Exhibition’).

    You can view the document at Glen Street Library (front counter) or at one of our Customer Service Centres

    Join us at one of the drop in sessions at Glen Street Library Meeting Room
    • Saturday 3 February, 10am - 12pm
    • Tuesday 6 February, 5 - 7pm
    For enquiries, call 1300 434 434

    Submissions close Sunday 25 February 2018

    Make a submission

    In writing to Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why 2099 (please mark attention to ‘Glen Street Open Space Masterplan Public Exhibition’).

    You can view the document at Glen Street Library (front counter) or at one of our Customer Service Centres

    Join us at one of the drop in sessions at Glen Street Library Meeting Room
    • Saturday 3 February, 10am - 12pm
    • Tuesday 6 February, 5 - 7pm
    For enquiries, call 1300 434 434

    Submissions close Sunday 25 February 2018
  • Draft Masterplan on exhibition

    11 months ago

    The draft Glen Street Open Space Masterplan is now on exhibition.

    The Masterplan encompasses the significant open space areas of Frenchs Forest Showground and Lionel Watts Reserve, and will include two synthetic playing fields and a new regional, inclusive playground.

    Other key features of the draft Masterplan are:
    • Increased car parking
    • An accessible pathway network including fitness hubs
    • Youth facilities including skate area
    • Improvements to the off leash dog area – including a small dog area
    • Passive recreational space and facilities
    • A new cricket net complex containing five lanes
    • Improved showground surface including drainage, irrigation and returfing.
    • Demolition of the existing Frenchs Forest Showground Pavilion to create the space needed for the regional playground.
    • Upgrade and expansion of the clubhouse building (east) between Lionel Watts and the Showground to include the provision of services from showground pavilion.
    • The protection and enhancement of the remnant Duffys Forest Endangered Ecological Community along Glen Street
    • An extension to the Lionel Watts Community Building (west) to provide more storage and additional meeting space
    • Increased tree planting throughout the open space including a new avenue of trees around the showground.

    The draft Glen Street Open Space Masterplan is now on exhibition.

    The Masterplan encompasses the significant open space areas of Frenchs Forest Showground and Lionel Watts Reserve, and will include two synthetic playing fields and a new regional, inclusive playground.

    Other key features of the draft Masterplan are:
    • Increased car parking
    • An accessible pathway network including fitness hubs
    • Youth facilities including skate area
    • Improvements to the off leash dog area – including a small dog area
    • Passive recreational space and facilities
    • A new cricket net complex containing five lanes
    • Improved showground surface including drainage, irrigation and returfing.
    • Demolition of the existing Frenchs Forest Showground Pavilion to create the space needed for the regional playground.
    • Upgrade and expansion of the clubhouse building (east) between Lionel Watts and the Showground to include the provision of services from showground pavilion.
    • The protection and enhancement of the remnant Duffys Forest Endangered Ecological Community along Glen Street
    • An extension to the Lionel Watts Community Building (west) to provide more storage and additional meeting space
    • Increased tree planting throughout the open space including a new avenue of trees around the showground.
  • Draft masterplan flagged for public exhibition in the new year

    12 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who provided input and has helped Council to develop a draft masterplan for the Glen Street Open Space area.

    At the Council meeting on Tuesday 19 December 2017, Council resolved to place the draft masterplan on public exhibition from 19 January 2018.

    View the Council agenda (Item 9.3, page 55)

    View the Council minutes (Item 9.3, page 7)

    We are working on finalising the drawings and supporting information for the public exhibition period. This page will be updated with the final information when the public exhibition period starts.

    Should you have any comments or questions in the meantime, please contact us on 1300 434 434.

    Thank you to everyone who provided input and has helped Council to develop a draft masterplan for the Glen Street Open Space area.

    At the Council meeting on Tuesday 19 December 2017, Council resolved to place the draft masterplan on public exhibition from 19 January 2018.

    View the Council agenda (Item 9.3, page 55)

    View the Council minutes (Item 9.3, page 7)

    We are working on finalising the drawings and supporting information for the public exhibition period. This page will be updated with the final information when the public exhibition period starts.

    Should you have any comments or questions in the meantime, please contact us on 1300 434 434.

  • Ideas becoming a reality

    over 1 year ago

    Thank you to everyone who got involved in our initial ideas stage of this masterplan process.

    We received over 300 responses to the online survey, we met about 55 people at our two community drop in sessions and held workshops with young people from the House with No Steps and Mimosa Public School to generate ideas for the playground.

    Our task now is to take all these ideas and bring you a plan later this year that we think you'll love.

    Thank you to everyone who got involved in our initial ideas stage of this masterplan process.

    We received over 300 responses to the online survey, we met about 55 people at our two community drop in sessions and held workshops with young people from the House with No Steps and Mimosa Public School to generate ideas for the playground.

    Our task now is to take all these ideas and bring you a plan later this year that we think you'll love.

  • Have Your Say

    over 1 year ago

    We are keen to hear your priorities for informal play in and around the Glen Street Open Space area.

    Comments you provide will be used to develop the Glen Street Open Space Masterplan.

    How to get involved

    Come along to one of our on-site drop in sessions at Lionel Watts Playground, Blackbutts Road, Frenchs Forest
    • Saturday 5 August 9.30-11:30am
    • Wednesday 9 August 3.30-5.30pm

    If you have any questions please contact the Parks & Recreation Team on 9942 2111

    Online survey closed Sunday 13 August 2017

    We are keen to hear your priorities for informal play in and around the Glen Street Open Space area.

    Comments you provide will be used to develop the Glen Street Open Space Masterplan.

    How to get involved

    Come along to one of our on-site drop in sessions at Lionel Watts Playground, Blackbutts Road, Frenchs Forest
    • Saturday 5 August 9.30-11:30am
    • Wednesday 9 August 3.30-5.30pm

    If you have any questions please contact the Parks & Recreation Team on 9942 2111

    Online survey closed Sunday 13 August 2017
  • Connecting All Through Play

    over 1 year ago

    As part of the 'Connecting All Through Play' project the Northern Beaches Council is adding to its three existing all-abilities playgrounds located at Collaroy, Manly and Newport, with the creation of two further inclusive play spaces at Manly Dam and Lionel Watts.

    The play spaces will be designed to not only be exciting and vibrant but to connect the community, in particular, children to natural areas. The greater accessibility of these major play spaces will enable people of all-abilities to participate in play and reap the benefits of increased physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation.

    Download the information booklet on Connecting All Through Play program

    As part of the 'Connecting All Through Play' project the Northern Beaches Council is adding to its three existing all-abilities playgrounds located at Collaroy, Manly and Newport, with the creation of two further inclusive play spaces at Manly Dam and Lionel Watts.

    The play spaces will be designed to not only be exciting and vibrant but to connect the community, in particular, children to natural areas. The greater accessibility of these major play spaces will enable people of all-abilities to participate in play and reap the benefits of increased physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation.

    Download the information booklet on Connecting All Through Play program