Glen Street Open Space Landscape Masterplan
Even though there is much support for this Masterplan, some aspects to do with the entrance and the Skate Park caused concerns for the community.
These concerns were about the entrance to Pringle Avenue and that the proposed Skate Park Design was not what the youth wanted for their area.
Councillors ensured that the entrance via Blackbutts Road was maintained plus that local youth would be involved in the development of the Skate Park Design.
Council resolved to construct a new inclusive regional playground at Lionel Watts Reserve and to convert Lionel Watts Reserves fields three, four and five (two full size and one mini football field) to synthetic surface.
Council has taken the opportunity provided by these decisions to masterplan the precinct to ensure that the significant new recreational assets work harmoniously and complimentary with existing infrastructure and users and deliver social, recreational and environmental benefits.
Together with the Glen Street Theatre and recently opened Glen Street Library, the redeveloped open space consisting of Frenchs Forest Showground and Lionel Watts Reserve will provide the western area of the Local Government Area with a high quality and accessible precinct that will support the area now and in the future. The park in particular is the most significant open space in the area and will provide much needed recreational opportunities for the nearby Frenchs Forest Hospital precinct.
Council has undertaken a three-stage community engagement approach to developing the masterplan, has made adjustments to the plan based on community feedback.
Other changes after community consultation are as follows:
Relocation of the skate park to a more central site where the existing cricket nets are currently sited.
Inclusion of a driveway entrance to the showground car park off Blackbutts Road and a change to traffic arrangements at the Pringle Ave entrance to only allow left turn in and left turn out.
Adding an additional cricket net to increase the total to six
Fencing all the sportsfields so the open space of the sportsfields are not alienated.
Investigating extending the eastern club house (Belrose RLFC) to the north rather than east to avoid tree removal
Reducing the footprint of the showground car park to protect the remnant Duffys Forest endangered ecological community identified along Pringle Ave.