Submissions closed

Reviewing feedback

What's happening now?

Submissions are now closed on the draft Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Strategy and Action Plan.

We would like to thank everyone who has made a submission on the draft strategy and plan. We are reviewing and considering all submissions received and will be reporting back to Council soon.

If you have chosen to stay up to date with this project, you will receive email notification confirming the report back to Council.

What was proposed?

We love being outside on the Northern Beaches and we are fortunate to live in an extraordinary place that provides diverse opportunities for enjoying the outdoors.

Outdoor activities are good for both body and mind and we want to make sure everyone can keep using and benefitting from our open spaces on the Northern Beaches. This includes parks, bushland areas, beaches, walking and cycling tracks.

Last year we asked you to tell us about the places you love and what needs to be improved. Your feedback helped shape the draft Let’s Play! Northern Beaches Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Strategy and Action Plan.

We recently asked you what you think of our draft strategy and action plan.

The draft strategy sets out key directions, priorities and actions outlining how we will manage our open spaces and outdoor recreational facilities over the next 15 years.

There is a strong focus on accessibility and inclusion, with new and upgraded playgrounds, play spaces for all ages (including new basketball courts), a range of new and improved off road cycling facilities, and more.

We've also prioritised outdoor fitness, maintenance, connectivity, sustainability, volunteering and shared access.

Read the full draft strategy or check out its executive summary.

We've also created an Easy Read version of the draft strategy.

You can jump straight to the actions in the tiles below (there are almost 200 actions so we've broken them down for you).

We invited the community to have their say by completing a submission form, emailing us and writing to us. We also made time available for our project team to chat to our community and groups.

Submissions were open from Friday 1 July until Sunday 14 August 2022.

Elements of the Northern Beaches Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Strategy and Action Plan

Check out our proposed actions

The Action Plan section outlines the range of actions recommended to meet current and future community needs. These are based on an analysis of current open space and outdoor recreation facility provision, including a playspace analysis and an off-road cycling analysis, and community feedback analysis.

Since there are almost 200 actions, we've broken them down for you. Click on a tile below to view the proposed actions under the six strategic directions.

  • Introducing the Action Plan

    An overview of the six strategic directions and an explanation of proposed resourcing and acronyms used in the action plan.

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  • 1. Inform and understand

    Support the local and wider community to understand, use and care for the Northern Beaches’ wide range of open spaces.

    View the actions 
  • 2. Links and loops

    Create a better connected and more accessible open space network, with improved walking and cycling connections.

    View the actions 
  • 3. Better and brighter

    Enhance the use and quality of existing open spaces and associated infrastructure through targeted embellishments and design improvements that are in keeping with the natural environment.

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  • 4. Growth and gaps

    Provide new and enhanced open space and outdoor recreation facilities, and enable multipurpose use of space, to support residential growth and address key provision gaps.

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  • 5. Management and planning

    Ensure management of open spaces, including planning, policies, processes and events, are equitable, flexible, responsive and viable.

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  • ​6. Ongoing maintenance

    Maintain open space to maximise opportunities for users to access high quality spaces and facilities.

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Submission form