Vision for Sans Souci Park outlined

San Souci Park's famous fig tree has been retained under a new Master Plan for the site. Picture: Chris Lane
San Souci Park's famous fig tree has been retained under a new Master Plan for the site. Picture: Chris Lane

A future vision for Sans Souci Park on the Georges River foreshore is outlined in a new draft of Management and Master Plan.

Georges River Council endorsed the plans at its November 22 meeting to go on exhibition for community comment.

The draft Master Plan and Plan of Management have been developed to determine and guide how the 3.27ha Sans Souci Park adjacent to the Captain Cook Bridge will be "used, improved upon and managed" in the future.

Key elements of the Master Plan include a regeneration of the Bathers' Pavilion site, development of a local pavilion and kiosk, rehabilitation of the former ocean pool, upgrade of beach access, upgrade of the fishing and boat pontoon and retention of heritage features including the sandstone wall along the waterfront.

The park's famous large Moreton Bay fig tree, believed to be 130 to 160 years old, will be retained.

Other existing trees across site will be retained where applicable. The current masterplan identifies seven trees to be removed and replaced at a 2:1 ratio.

Last year, the Georges River Local Planning Panel approved the demolition of the park's Bathers' Pavilion which had fallen into disrepair.

The draft Masterplan includes an outdoor seating area for a cafe and community plaza.

Previously, Kogarah Bay Progress Association said any future building on the pavilion site should not extend outside the footprint of the former Bathers' Pavilion or encroach on the canopy of the existing Moreton Bay Fig tree.

The draft Plan of Management identifies several commercial opportunities for the park including regeneration of the Bathers' Pavilion site and a communtiy transport hub providing connections to the Georges River.

The plan also provides for upgraded access and entrance into the Sans Souci Leisure Centre.

Existing shade shelters, picnic tables and BBQ facilities would be retained and street furniture upgraded.

The council undertook community engagement to raise awareness of the preparation of the draft Plan of Management and Master Plan and to develop a vision for the Park calling for input from the community, Council officers and Councillors.

A total of 77 people responded to a survey identifying possible improvements to the park.

Issues raised were access and connectivity (26 per cent), waste disposal (16 per cent), nothing really needed (14 per cent), improved or retained pool facilities (10 per cent), restaurant or cafe (9 per cent).

The park includes a mixture of Crown land and community land.

The draft Sans Souci Park Master Plan and Plan of Management will go on public exhibition for 28 days following the Crown land owners consent.

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