Figtree’s run-down sports ovals, children’s play area and the surrounding parkland next to Westfieldwill under-go major changes over the next decade, under a new Wollongong City Council plan.
The council has released a draft master plan for the oval, which highlights 13 major changes for the area.
The ageing children’s playground would be moved and rebuiltunder the plan, with new equipment to cater to all abilities.
Multipurpose courts for netball, basketball and soccer could be added to the park, in addition to a “passive recreation area” designed for bocce andcroquet.
Young people would be considered, with skating and bike elements to be incorporated intothe new design and a space would be carved out for a food or coffee van.
The master plan wasdeveloped through consultation with residents, who identified flooding from Allan’s Creek and Byarong Creek as bigconcerns.
The council says it will start a review of these water catchments“as soon as funding becomes available”, meaningthe master plancould change in the future.
Elements likely to be affected include thesports courts, pedestrian bridges and paths proposed to run along the creek line, creek restoration and therelocation and expansion of the car park.
The council’srecreation managerPeter Coyte said the Figtree ovalplan wasa “long-term vision”.
“The different ideas included in the draft plan are something we’ll work towards over time as opportunities and funding becomes available,” he said.
Already the council says it has fielded a number of inquiries about the park revamp plans, especially from residents keen to know about off-leash areas for dogs.
Currently, the oval has two non-fenced areas where dogs are permitted to be let off their leads, and one timed-access area.
The council saysthere will be no changes to these arrangements.
“From our community engagement earlier this year, we saw a strong level of support for keeping the off-leash dog area and current sports facilities, and adding some new elements to enliven the space,” Mr Coyte said.
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