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Council proposed to invest $100,000 to create an intergenerational health and fitness space at Mill Park in Rhodes. The proposal included a multi-use court, seating, public art and native garden beds with trees to provide shade. Community consultation ran from 6 December 2021 to 20 February 2022.
We received over 220 responses from the online survey, emails, calls and in-person feedback during a drop-in session on site. Overall, 73 per cent of the responses received indicated they were against the proposal with the main concerns being increased noise, loss of green space and anti-social behaviour.
Council has listened to the community and officers will now investigate other locations for the health and fitness space. A report on the results of the community consultation and options for alternate locations will be reported to the 19 April Council meeting.
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We're proposing a new health and fitness space for the whole community to enjoy at Mill Park, Rhodes!
Our aim is to create an intergenerational health and fitness space where all members of the community are welcome. The following elements are currently being considered:
A draft concept plan for the space can be found below. We invited residents and visitors to share their insights and ideas to help create this space and community feedback was collected from 6 December 2021 - 20 February 2022.
Feedback is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback or shared their ideas for the future of this space.
Help refine elements of the design and vote for your preferred play options.
There is scope to include some public art on the multi-court. If you've seen a great piece of artwork, share it with us here!
Council officers will hold a drop-in session onsite to talk to residents and park users about this project and collect feedback.
Join us at Mill Park from 10am-12pm on Saturday 5 February.
The design of the new health and fitness space will be driven by best practice design principles with the aim of delivering the below outcomes:
A thorough site analysis was conducted to inform the development of the draft concept plan. You can view the site analysis, along with relevant Council strategies and case studies of similar successful projects in the Document Library on this page. We have also responded to some frequently asked questions in the FAQs section on this page.
This location was chosen in keeping with the development and implementation of Council's Social Infrastructure (Open Space and Recreation) Strategy and Action Plan (2019) and the revised Rhodes Precinct Plan (2019). The combined findings from these strategies identified that sports such as basketball, being one of Australia's fastest growing sports, and constructing outdoor public court facilities are one of the ways Local Government can support these sports growing in the future.
A community survey used to develop the Rhodes Precinct Plan (2019) identified that there were “not enough basketball courts in the area, particularly Rhodes” (p. 58).
Rhodes has also been identified as one of Sydney’s fastest growing communities, see below graph formed from the City of Canada Bay, Recreation Facilities Strategy - 9th September, 2013.
This has formed our understanding of the need to provide a facility that is intergenerational and encourages people of all ages to get involved in a variety of health and fitness activities.
Images of the site adjacent to existing pathways and fitness stations.
We are aiming to finalise the design in March 2022. The design will consider community feedback from the consultation period and will be shared with the community in March 2022.
The space will be designed for everyone. Council will work with the community to ensure that all age groups of residents and park users will be considered in the design. The new space will support the current fitness station facilities while catering for more age groups such as over 40s and under 20s.
Following construction, we will work with the community on the project’s future operation and management. Once the space is open we closely monitor how it’s being used and if necessary, will explore booking system opportunities for the court via onsite QR codes or Council’s website, during certain times of the day.
Our vision is to create an activated and safe space at Mill Park for all members of the community to enjoy. We want to encourage considerate and respectful use of the space, which includes noise reduction where possible.
To mitigate noise, we plan to utilise appropriate signage displaying playing times and enforcement staff will ensure that the space is being used respectfully by all residents and community members. We will explore all opportunities to reduce noise where possible.
Council will propose a new off-leash dog area. At present we are exploring the grass area adjacent to the new health and fitness space to be used as an off-leash area at certain times of the day.
As the concept design is not encroaching on the existing garden beds and trees, no existing fauna should be affected. We are designing around tree protection zones, and will be increasing the tree canopy and garden beds with native species.
With added activity we will be including more bins to encourage users to keep the area tidy and will also be managing the surface drainage to reduce any impact on existing water catchment. We will also explore ways of capturing water run-off.
We are currently asking for your ideas and feedback to inform the design of the space. Feedback closes on 6 February 2022 and this will be the main opportunity for residents and park users to help shape the space.
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