Call to help create improved Olds Park, Penshurst

Grounds for change: The community is being asked to contribute suggestions to help Georges River Council plan the future of popular Olds Park.
Grounds for change: The community is being asked to contribute suggestions to help Georges River Council plan the future of popular Olds Park.

Georges River Council is seeking community feedback on the planned improvements to Olds Park, Penshurst.

The Master Plan proposes upgrading the sports pavilion, Little Athletics facilities, skateboarding facilities, landscaping and the playground.

Mayor Kevin Greene is encouraging the community to comment on the Draft Master Plan for Olds Park, which is on Public Exhibition on Your Say Georges River until February 19.

"The Draft Master Plan has been developed based on insights gathered during earlier community consultation with sporting groups and park users," Councillor Greene said.

"Olds Park is a large and popular sporting hub for the Penshurst and wider area, offering fields and facilities for cricket, AFL and soccer as well as hard and grassed netball courts, and is also a venue for Little Athletics.

"The park is an attractive and well-used green space for casual leisure and recreation and home of The Olds Park Sports Club and the Penshurst Library.

"Given the established nature of the park, the Draft Master Plan does not suggest major changes but rather a series of improvements based on the identified needs of the community.

"These include renovations to the sports pavilion, upgrading the Little Athletics facilities, upgraded skateboarding facilities, playground improvements, stormwater collection and recycling and other sustainability initiatives.

"The Draft Master Plan also flags the possible development of a 'Community Multi- purpose Centre' and possible co-location of the sealed and grassed netball courts in the longer-term.

"This phase of the community consultation will ensure that all residents have the opportunity to tell us what additional sport or recreation improvements they would like to see within the park.

"There are a variety of ways to share ideas, including at feedback kiosks at Olds Park in early February, online, by email or by mail," Councillor Greene said.

The Draft Master Plan for Olds Park is on exhibition for comment online at Your Say Georges River until Wednesday 19 February 2020:

Additional suggested improvements include:

Improved contouring and upgrading of the northern oval, as a multi-purpose field, with improved lighting and facilities; Minor reconfiguring and improvements to the grass netball courts, and replacement and reconfiguring of the sealed courts; Renovating the sports pavilion, to provide female change facilities and improved access, and provision for a women's change room in the existing amenities building; Additional spectator seating; Improvements and additions to playgrounds, picnic areas, accessible toilets, and parking areas; Improving external access to the park, plus better paths and connections to access and move around the park; Protecting mature trees, and additional tree planting and landscape improvements; The provision of outdoor "cool zones"

Residents can provide feedback in the following ways:

By attending one of three information and feedback kiosks at Olds Park on

Thursday, 6 February (7.00am to 11.00am, or 3.00pm to 7.00pm) or Saturday 8

February (10.00am to 2.00pm);

Via e-mail: mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au, using reference: SF18/3138

By mail: Georges River Council, P.O. Box 205, Hurstville BC, NSW, 1481, Attention

- Strategic Planner Ref: SF18/3138