Kempt Field in the running for a $6 million sports track

Clear path ahead: The $6 million promised by the State Government for a new running track or playgrounds is the latest in a number of imrpovements slated for Kempt Field, Hurstville.
Clear path ahead: The $6 million promised by the State Government for a new running track or playgrounds is the latest in a number of imrpovements slated for Kempt Field, Hurstville.

Kempt Field, Hurstville is expected to receive $6 million in the State Budget to provide for a new running track or playground,

The funding is part of a $19 million package announced by State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet last week for the upgrade of government-owned land.

Overall, the State Government will commit $50 million in the 2019-20 Budget to create new and improved open spaces.

And Hustville will receive additional funds under the State Budget for open space improvements though the details have yet to be announced.

Mr Perrottet said the remaining $31 million will be used to upgrade open space in Hurstville, Appin, Ermington, Leppington and Penrith.

The announcement of park upgrades coincides with the release of the Greater Sydney Outdoor Survey.

This found at of the residents in the Eastern City District of Sydney, which includes Bayview Council, 88 per cent love walking or jogging while 39 per cent like to view, create or perform art.

Of the residents in the South District, which includes Georges River and Sutherland Shire, 88 per cent like walking, hiking or running, while 29 per cent enjoy games like cricket and tennis.

NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the survey would help inform how money under the Strategic Open Spaces Program would be spent.

The latest funding announcement continues a focus on the future look of Kempt Field, the 3.173 hectare site on the eastern edge of the Hurstville city centre, next to the East Quarter development.

In 2017, Georges River Council released its Kempt Field draft Plan of Management detailing $3.3 million in improvements including an upgraded central sporting field, multi-purpose court, fitness zones, and a dog off-leash area.

Other features will include new lighting, changes to the pedestrian and cycle track, a stage for community events, new pedestrian pathway and passive recreation areas and open space improvements.

In 2016, GRC commissioned independent landscape architects to prepare a master plan for Kempt Field.

The master plan identifies three distinct zones for Kempt Field: active, social and passive.

The four active zones identified under the plan include areas for play space, bike training circuit, a multi-purpose ball court, fitness stations and a dog off-leash zone.

The central playing field also provides an active zone for sport groups and school sports bookings, and a shared passive zone.

Six social zones will include areas for shelter and barbecues, picnic tables and seating, a stage for events and an upgraded toilet facility.

Four passive zones are identified which include areas for seating, viewing areas, resting and stretching zones and open space for markets and events.

A circuit path will include a fitness track, connection to Allawah station, fitness stations, and line marking and running lanes.

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