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Last chance to have your say about plans for Buttenshaw Park, Springwood
Buttenshaw Park is one of our four district parks in the Blue Mountains being upgraded. The planned upgrade at Springwood, scheduled for 2022, is for an inclusive youth play space with adventure activities.
Council also needs final feedback on the draft Buttenshaw Park Plan of Management and Masterplan. These plans need to be endorsed by the Council before the play space can be built. They are due to go to the October 2021 Council Meeting.
Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “District parks are large and high quality parks that cater to the needs of the broader Blue Mountains community. They offer a wider variety of activities and settings and are often the most popular parks and play spaces.
“We want Buttenshaw Park to be a great place for everyone, including young people, who need spaces to feel welcome and engaged in our community. I urge the community to make final comments on the youth play space, that is already funded, as well as the draft Plan of Management and Masterplan for Buttenshaw that will guide any future improvements and how the park will be managed.”
The Open Space and Recreation Strategic Plan, endorsed by the Council and community in 2018, sanctioned Buttenshaw Park as a District Park. It also included an action to “upgrade the park focusing on the needs of older children and teenagers in the area”. Council then secured funding to build a $1.5 million youth place space at this location.
The design of the new youth space, shaped by extensive community consultation in 2020, looks to maximise the challenging sloping topography of the park to deliver an exciting, high energy space with adventure equipment, like:
- a double flying fox and group swing
- a unique, customised youth focused climbing and hang out structure
- a climbing/bouldering wall, and
- a multifunctional asphalt pump track that caters for bikes and scooters.
The main park path connection will also be realigned to provide an accessible path through the park to the Springwood Aquatic and Fitness Centre.
“The design respects the key community values for the park and respects the ecological value of Birdwood Gully, the retention of wide open lawns for passive recreation activities and offers facilities for all park users including seating, shelters and water bubblers,” Mayor Greenhill said.
On 29 June 2021, following the public exhibition of the draft Buttenshaw Park Plan of Management and Masterplan, Council decided to engage in further community consultation prior to adopting the plans.
“Council is committed to addressing the needs of residents, and young people, and improving quality of life for all,” Mayor Greenhill said.
To provide feedback on the final designs for the Buttenshaw Park Youth Play Space, or the draft Masterplan and Plan of Management, please take our short survey at: here by Tuesday, 28 September 2021. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are also available, as is a map of the play space.
You can also talk to us on the phone to raise any concerns, in this final round of community consultation. Please call Council on 4723 5000 (Lower Mountains) or 4780 5000 (Upper Mountains) to book a time on Tuesday 21 or Wednesday 22 September, between 10am and 6pm.
This project is funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20 year-agreement between Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City.
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