While there is general agreement Gunnamatta Park Pavilion should be put to better use, Sutherland Shire Council faces a challenge coming up with a plan that wins community support and is financially viable.
The council is close to finalising a proposed strategy for the park and pavilion.
In 2018, the Department of Lands refused a large restaurant and function centre in the pavilion after residents protested it would result in the the loss of community rooms and kitchen.
Richard Black, a Cronulla resident who led the campaign, said this week he would like to see the kiosk-cafe re-established with seating for about 50 patrons in a weather-proof outdoor area.
Mr Black said the operator could be allowed to cater for functions in the hall and community rooms, but not have exclusive use as was proposed in the "Le Sands type development".
"It would help if the operator could hold entertainment on weekends," he said. "This would also deter vandals and graffiti. The front of the pavilion also needs lighting and activity at night.
Cr Carol Provan said, "The minister put it in the 'too hard basket' and we need to put our heads together and find an answer. I would like to see something like Zimzala, which is not too big and could cater for the mums."
Cr Michael Forshaw said the park was "such a beautiful space" and he would like to see an upgrade, but "finding the funds is the big issue".
Cr Forshaw believe renewing the Nicholson Parade footpath at the top of the park is the top priority. The council has included a new, shared pathway in budget forward estimates.
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