Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park: Legacy Project

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Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park will receive a significant upgrade, thanks to a $2 million funding boost from the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program.

The works will include an upgrade to the play space and improvements to the duck pond, visitor facilities and surrounding landscape.

The upgrade will be in line with the Masterplan for Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, which was adopted in 2020 after two years of extensive community consultation. Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park is one of four district parks in the Blue Mountains, which means it’s designed for the whole Blue Mountains community to use.


Play space update

23 May 2022

Council has appointed Architects of Arcadia to develop the design for the new play space at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park. Architects of Arcadia are one of Australia’s leading play designers – see https://www.architectsofarcadia.com.au/ for examples of their work. They will be assisted in the development of water play components for the play space by Civille, who are already involved with the upgrades around the duck pond. Civille is also a notable expert with a specialty in designing water projects, including water play. Their involvement will ensure integration between the two projects taking place at the park.

Draft designs for the new play space should be available for comment in late June or early July.

Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park will receive a significant upgrade, thanks to a $2 million funding boost from the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program.

The works will include an upgrade to the play space and improvements to the duck pond, visitor facilities and surrounding landscape.

The upgrade will be in line with the Masterplan for Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, which was adopted in 2020 after two years of extensive community consultation. Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park is one of four district parks in the Blue Mountains, which means it’s designed for the whole Blue Mountains community to use.


Play space update

23 May 2022

Council has appointed Architects of Arcadia to develop the design for the new play space at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park. Architects of Arcadia are one of Australia’s leading play designers – see https://www.architectsofarcadia.com.au/ for examples of their work. They will be assisted in the development of water play components for the play space by Civille, who are already involved with the upgrades around the duck pond. Civille is also a notable expert with a specialty in designing water projects, including water play. Their involvement will ensure integration between the two projects taking place at the park.

Draft designs for the new play space should be available for comment in late June or early July.

  • Have your say on new duck pond upgrade designs

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    March 2022

    New concept sketches of what the upgraded duck pond at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park could look like are now available for community review and feedback, which will help inform the final designs.

    To view and have your say on the draft concept, take part in the online survey here by Wednesday 13 April 2022. Survey now closed.

    Council will also hold an information stall in Blackheath Village Centre (outside the Friendly Grocer, 14-16 Govetts Leap Road), on:

    • Thursday 31 March: 11am – 2pm
    • Tuesday 5 April: 10.30am – 1.30pm

    Staff will be available at the stall to discuss the draft plans, provide survey forms and answer questions about this exciting project.

    Blue Mountains City Council is prioritising the upgrade of the duck pond to enhance the visitor experience at the park, by improving safety, accessibility, water quality and community facilities.

    The new duck pond concept includes:

    • A new accessible loop path around the pond
    • Replacing the existing barbeque shelter with a new and accessible one
    • A deck out over the pond
    • Improved sight lines into the pond
    • Changes to the pond shape and edges to improve water quality and habitat
    • Safer pond edges and removal of some portions of the existing fence
    • Relocating the arch swings as part of the associated play space upgrade
  • Surveying the duck pond - 17 March 2022

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    If you're wondering why someone is kayaking on the duck pond next week, they are surveyors collecting data for the upcoming changes to the duck pond.

    Changes to the shape and depth of the pond will allow the water quality and habitat values to be much improved.

  • Play Space Upgrade

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    Play space upgrade

    This survey is now closed.

    The play space at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park will be upgraded, so that it is in line with the Everyone Can Play Guidelines for a District Park. This includes:

    • Accessibility enhancements – connecting paths with other facilities in the park, and provision of communication boards and multiple new inclusive play elements.
    • Increasing the range of play opportunities available.

    To have your say, take part in the survey here. The survey deadline has been extended until Friday 7 January 2022. This survey is now closed.

  • Sounding Board

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    7/12/21 UPDATE: To become a member of a sounding board on either the play space or the duck pond upgrade, download the form on the right (or below if you are on a mobile device) and return to us by Friday 7 January 2022.

    Applications for the sounding board have now closed.

    Council will select from the applications by 14 January 2022, with a view to holding the first meetings in the last two weeks of January.

  • Duck Pond Upgrade

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    The upgrade will also include significant work to enhance and improve the duck pond. This could include:

    • Providing accessible paths around part of the perimeter including an accessible platform over the water’s edge.
    • Replacing the existing formal edging with a riparian edge, in line with water sensitive guidelines. This will include the planting of water plants which will improve water quality and allow easy shore access by native animals, such as turtles and ducks.
    • Reshaping the pond profile to allow deep sections which facilitates natural water flows into and around the pond.
  • Other Works

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    Other works include improving existing picnic facilities and landscaping as required.

    Community engagement will be conducted throughout the project. Council will also bring two small groups of interested locals together, to act as sounding boards to test ideas and concepts for the play space and duck pond improvements. Stay tuned for more details.

    You can click the subscribe button on the right to receive updates, including opportunities to participate in future community consultation.

  • About the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program

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    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. This is the biggest injection of funding for public spaces in a generation.

    Blue Mountains City Council received funding for two legacy projects: Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, and the Corridor of Oaks, Jackson Park, Faulconbridge.

    For more information about the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program, visit: www.planning.nsw.gov.au/legacy

    Proudly funded by the NSW Government through its NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program.

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