The Freshwater Coastal Open Space area is comprised of Freshwater View Reserve, Freshwater Beach Reserve and McKillop Park. The area is a highly valued open space with regional status attracting not only northern beaches residents but visitors from greater Sydney, and tourists from interstate and overseas.
The reserves are zoned for the purpose of public recreation and are a combination of Council-owned community land and Crown land of which Council is trustee. Major expansion of the reserve occurred between the 1940's and 1970's with the purchase by Council of privately held parcels of land.
The reserve areas have undergone significant transformation over the past 80 years. The last major restoration of the area occurred in the 1980s.
This project has been triggered by the increasing demand on the area created by its popularity as an event space and for general community use, the condition of the area, the lack of connectivity to the surrounding open space and the desire to enhance a special place that brings the community together.