Playground upgrade in progress

Our upgrades for Little Manly Point Reserve

As part of the implementation of the Little Manly Reserves Landscape Masterplan (2019), we are upgrading the playground and providing public amenities at Little Manly Point.

The playground upgrade will offer a new and inclusive play experience with some discovery elements.

The amenities building will be nestled into the bushland at the western end of the carpark and will complement the surrounding landscape. Existing plantings will provide screening from the road and neighbouring properties.

To make sure the playground upgrade and amenities building meet the needs of the local community, we asked you to view the concept plans for the playground upgrade and new amenities building and share your comments.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. We heard that the playground upgrade and proposed amenities building were most welcome, much needed and long overdue.

The new playground will feature:

  • a range of play activities suitable for different ages and abilities
  • a nature trail
  • new seating and access improvements
  • new fencing around the rear boundary.

The amenities building design includes unisex accessible and ambulant toilets and a baby change table.

Works on the playground started mid February 2022, with completion now expected by late June 2022 (weather permitting). The playground area will be closed during this time.

Construction on the amenities building is expected to start mid 2022.

Check out the playground design

Final concept plan playground

Engagement summary

We sought feedback on the concept plans for the playground upgrade and new amenities building between 30 April 2021 and 30 May 2021. During the consultation period, we received 50 comments. We also organised onsite drop-in session so that you could chat with Council staff about the concept plans on Thursday 13 May and Saturday 22 May 2021.

The majority of respondents supported the concept plans for the playground upgrade and amenities building. There was support for the proposed nature play elements and positive comments about both plans being respectful of the surrounding bushland.

Respondents also provided a range of suggestions, including about how the facilities could be more inclusive and accessible.

View the full community engagement report here.

Concept plans presented during the consultation

Background

Little Manly Point Reserve is highly valued by many for its environmental, historical, social and scenic qualities. It caters to a diverse range of recreation activities such as picnicking, walking, fishing, children's play and more.

This project is based on actions from the Little Manly Reserves Landscape Masterplan, adopted in November 2019: 'Upgrade existing playground within existing footprint, with focus on nature-play activities' and 'Proposed public amenities'.

The proposed concept plan for the playground upgrade was developed with the help of a group of residents in Little Manly who started a community working group and have been liaising with Council about this project.

An arborist inspection has confirmed that two low significance trees may be removed to accommodate the toilet building. The two mature Fig Trees and a Paperbark will be retained and protected, with root surveys undertaken to avoid possible damage.

Enquiries?

Name Barbara Stack, Senior Asset Management Officer - Parks & Recreation
Phone 1300 434 434
Email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
In writing

'Little Manly Point playground upgrade and new amenities', Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655.