What is happening at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park?
Council adopted the Masterplan for Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park in August 2020 following extensive community input. This will be the guiding document for the park for years to come. Click here to review the Masterplan.
Works have already commenced on a new toilet block and accessible path, which will run from the ANZAC gates to the pool. The work is expected to be completed by mid 2022 and is funded by the Western Sydney City Deal. These improvements will make it easier for everyone in the community to access and use the park This is a separate project. Find out more about this project here.
Council will also be upgrading the playspace and making improvements to the duck pond and surrounding landscape. These priorities were identified in the Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Masterplan after extensive community consultation.
How are the works funded?
Stage one of this project, which includes the new toilet block and accessible path, have been funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20-year agreement between Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City. For more information please go to: bmcc.nsw.gov.au/liveability-program
The upgrade to the community hub area of the park (playspace, duck pond and surrounding landscape) is a separate project and will be funded through the NSW Government’s NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program.
The NSW Government is investing up to $250 million through the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program to support councils to deliver more and better public spaces across the state.
Blue Mountains City Council received funding for two legacy projects: Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, and the Corridor of Oaks, Jackson Park, Faulconbridge.
When will stage one of the works (new toilet block and accessible path) be completed?
Works on the new toilet block and accessible path will be completed by March 2022.
When will construction begin on the play space and duck pond and surrounding landscape?
Construction on the play space and duck pond surrounding landscape is expected to commence in the second half of 2022.
Will I have a chance to have my say on the play space upgrade and the improvements to the duck pond and surrounding landscape?
Yes. Works will use design direction derived from the Masterplan and further community consultation. To have your say, take part in the survey here. You can also subscribe to updates on this project using the subscribe button on the right.
What works will not be included in the upgrade?
The grant conditions of the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program prohibit maintenance, studies, and works on roads.
What is a Masterplan?
The Masterplan is an overall plan that guides future design and development for public spaces. They improve function and access; recognise, respect and enhance the existing character; and facilitate social activity and amenity for both residents and visitors.
Masterplans must be endorsed by Council.
What is a district park?
Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park is one of four district parks in the Blue Mountains. District parks are large and high quality parks that cater to the needs of the broader Blue Mountains community. They offer a wider variety of activities and settings and are often the most popular parks and playgrounds. More information about parks and playgrounds is available at: bmcc.nsw.gov.au/playgrounds