Detailed design development and staged implementation plan
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.
In response to an original question, the following answer was prepared and published, however after the first Drop In Session on 22 March 2017 and the discussions that ensued, the whole of McKillop Park is now included in the study area.
The Freshwater Coastal Open Space master plan is focussing on linking the open spaces to facilitate supporting activities and improving connectivity in relation to our recently released ‘Connecting Northern Beaches’. Considering the history and the importance of McKillop Park Reserve, the exclusion is to allow for an opportunity to plan for more specific design outcome tailored to the future character of this area.
Council is developing a long term strategy to deliver to the community a connected network of open space for recreation.
Freshwater’s highly valued and frequented coastal open space, and the lack of connectivity to adjoining areas means it’s time to consider the long term strategy to deliver public open space to enhance the recreation amenity.
The key component of the draft masterplan is the enhancement of open space for recreation that is connected throughout Freshwater Beach Reserve and surrounding residential areas to the north and south, including the coastal walk; the provision of community valued open space amenity and facilities; the enhancement to historically significant natural and cultural landscape elements; and the recognition of Freshwater Beach as a ‘meeting place’.
The current open space network contains fragmented recreation spaces, playgrounds, picnic areas, park furniture, BBQs, two beach carparks, a grassed seasonal overflow carpark, and a path network.
The draft masterplan is being considered due to the increasing demand on the area for open space for recreation use, created by its popularity from an increasing population. The need to accommodate the future needs are met with a challenge of lack of connectivity to surrounding open space and the desire to create a functional space that brings the community together.
Council will seek to prioritise works over the next five years and into the future as funding becomes available, to complete components of the masterplan.
Council, in establishing work priority, will seek to enhance the amenity of the open space area in an orderly manner to achieve the following objectives:
Council established a Community Working Group to develop a vision for the space and to collaborate with us to develop a draft masterplan. Appointed according to the published Terms of Reference, the group consisted of the following members:
Summary of Working Group outcomes
Established a draft masterplan vision as follows:
“An uplifting and integrated coastal open space which enhances the natural beauty, and encourages physical, visual, cultural, social and historical connection”
A strategy concept was developed as follows:
The Working Group providing key components to consider during the formulation of a draft masterplan, including:
Council staff presented a preliminary draft masterplan to the Working Group which reflected feedback and scenarios produced at the second working group meeting. A brainstorming session to work out the elements was discussed such as accessibility and connections, management of the dunes, open space use, recreation, parking, and interpretation of history.
The result of this meeting translated into a draft masterplan.
Internal Council business unit review conducted with feedback incorporated and presented to the Working Group.
The draft masterplan provides additional open space for recreation and is proposed as continuous parkland from Undercliff Road to Ocean View Road behind the dune system of Freshwater Beach.
The draft masterplan provides opportunities to support various passive and active recreation and community activities within a parkland setting, uninterrupted by the movement of cars, thus improving the safety with the open space.
An additional 4,000 square metres of open space will be delivered by the draft masterplan for the recreational and social benefit of the community.
Additionally, Freshwater View Reserve, Pavilion Reserve, and McKillop Park open space areas will be improved to enhance the amenity for passive recreation. These Reserves provide outstanding views of the coastline that is highly valued by the community.
The draft masterplan provides a connected pedestrian and cycle network to improve accessibility throughout the Freshwater Beach Reserve, including access to the swimming pool, the road network, and connections south to Queenscliff, and north to Curl Curl.
Additionally, the headland between Freshwater and Curl Curl shall be connected to the open space area that was previously the Harbord Diggers carpark. This area shall be utilised as community open space, and is connected to the existing surfers walk that will be enhanced to recognise significant cultural and historical aspects of the area.
The draft masterplan retains the natural environment. The sand dunes and remnant bushland are protected. Access to enjoy the natural environment is enhanced through provision of boardwalks and viewing platforms. This will allow the community to enjoy the beach, the coast and the headlands within a natural open space setting rather than a built upon setting.
A key decision of the Working Group was to produce a draft masterplan that recognises a long term strategy for achieving the best land use in association with the preservation of the dune system. It was determined that open space is the best land use to be associated with the beach and dune system as a function of beach and recreation lifestyle.
As such the draft masterplan relocates carparking to adjoin residential areas to allow for a continuous open space to dominate the landscape character of the area.
Currently there are 196 permanent car spaces within the Freshwater Beach area, including the end of Moore Road, the end of Kooloora Avenue, and the end part of Ocean View Road, that are utilised by beach goers. The seasonal overflow car parking (grassed open space on the Reserve) can accommodate, on average, 95 car spaces.
The draft masterplan proposes to move the permanent parking closer to the residential area, thereby creating a large continuous open space area which will not be used for overflow parking.
The draft masterplan provides for 216 permanent car spaces within the Freshwater Beach Reserve. In addition there will be four spaces for people with disabilities.
The draft masterplan provides for the investigation of changing Lumsdaine Drive along the McKillop Park headland to a one way traffic roadway to provide an additional 65 permanent car spaces (subject to RMS approval).
The draft masterplan is focussed on delivering an enhanced open space for recreation as part of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space network, with the following key provisions proposed:
Tuesday 22 May 2018
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