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Your chance to have a say on eight new parks

By johnboy - 20 May 2009 31

Chief Minister Stanhope is inviting consultation on 8 new parks planned for discarded school sites in Macarthur, Rivett, Mt Neighbour, Cook, Melrose, Weston, Holt and Village Creek.

    “We have listened to the community’s views and developed draft plans that reflect the preference for open space to be retained at these sites. The draft plans include play equipment for children, barbecues, new plantings, paths, seating, lighting and open space.

    “Feedback from the community will inform the final design for the parks. Construction is expected to commence in September and be completed later this year.

There’s more detail to be found on the TAMS Site.

Comments need to be in by 26 June.

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Your chance to have a say on eight new parks
johnboy 2:57 pm 20 May 09

Hands off Haig Park!!

It’s meant to be a wind break anyway.

Grrrr 2:55 pm 20 May 09

How about a bit of money towards re-doing the turd that is Haig Park? It’s ugly by day and a menace at night.

Getting rid of 80% of the rows-of-Pine-Trees and replacing them with a combination of open spaces, seating and native trees would be a good start.

Jim Jones 2:46 pm 20 May 09

Pommy bastard said :

The oval at Cook should be preserved for sports use.

+1

I’d like to see as many of them possible preserved for sports use (and general running around like an idiot).

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:44 pm 20 May 09

I say we lay one absolutely beautiful piece of lawn, then build a 30 foot bronze statue of Stanhope with his ‘angry eyes’ on and arm outstretched with finger pointing, with the words “SHUT THE FCK UP” engraved on the base.

Pommy bastard 2:25 pm 20 May 09

The oval at Cook should be preserved for sports use.

monomania 2:08 pm 20 May 09

miz said :

I am having trouble viewing some of the plans . . . ?

Some of the schools have no plan at the present time and what has been presented was one of the options from the initial community consultation.

peterh said :

I agree thumper, they could have filled these sites with apartments, low income housing, or any number of options to the detriment of the surrounding suburb.

at least an open space allows the community to use these facilities and have less concrete jungles.

These community parks are a but a small fraction of the former school sites that will be sold off for in some cases aged care, assisted living etc. I’m not against this. One can only hope (probably in vain) that the developments that occur are sensitive and designed to reduce the significant community amenity that is being lost not simply to maximise the return to the developer.

I’m having my say because I don’t like some of the plantings. One firm of landscape architects that don’t deserve the publicity did the 4 Weston Creek and Tuggers sites. Their brief was to include a few fruit trees. For all sites they picked olives, apricots and pomegranates. I can’t see too many edible apricots coming off these trees. I doubt that they will be cared for and be a source of pests and diseases to suburban growers. The plant listings were very similar on each site.

mred 1:09 pm 20 May 09

poptop — “I think the “concrete jungles” of Kambah, Macarthur, Rivett, Cook, Melrose, Weston and Holt can do with with a lot more urban infill.”

If by that you mean planning approval of higher density housing in already residentially developed areas, then I agree, but not if you mean turning open green spaces into buildings. We should protect these spaces before there are none left.

miz 12:58 pm 20 May 09

I am having trouble viewing some of the plans . . . ?

Mr Evil 12:37 pm 20 May 09

Are these parks going to be full of public art?

poptop 12:08 pm 20 May 09

How about planting one of these new parks in Green Square?

I think the “concrete jungles” of Kambah, Macarthur, Rivett, Cook, Melrose, Weston and Holt can do with with a lot more urban infill.

peterh 11:14 am 20 May 09

S4anta said :

The south side is a dogs park.

not all of it.

S4anta 11:08 am 20 May 09

The south side is a dogs park.

burkes08 10:22 am 20 May 09

A dog park on the south side would be nice.

peterh 10:18 am 20 May 09

I agree thumper, they could have filled these sites with apartments, low income housing, or any number of options to the detriment of the surrounding suburb.

at least an open space allows the community to use these facilities and have less concrete jungles.

Thumper 10:04 am 20 May 09

An absolutely fantastic idea.

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