What is happening at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park?
Council adopted the Masterplan for Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park (link) in August 2020 following extensive community input. This will be the guiding document for the park for years to come.
Works have commenced on a new toilet block (link to designs) 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.
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
Where will the accessible pathway go?
The main path of the new accessible pathways will go from the ANZAC gates on Prince Edward Street, up to the corner of the pool enclosure. It will still be the same straight alignment of the existing avenue, with some sections raised and some lowered to achieve an accessible grade.
Branching off from this main path will be an accessible path connecting to the new toilets further up Prince Edward Street.
Other accessible paths have been identified in the Masterplan, but will not be designed in detail until further funding becomes available.
Will there be any disruptions during the construction of the toilet block and accessible path?
During construction access to the play equipment and Blackheath Pool will be disrupted and a safe access path will be created with clear signs for park users and swimmers.
There will also be additional trucks for delivering materials and equipment. A safety plan will be in place which includes speed limits for all vehicles. Parents are requested to take extra care with children when arriving and leaving the park.
What is a Masterplan?
The Masterplan is a more detailed 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.
When was the Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Masterplan adopted by council?
The Masterplan for the park was adopted by Council in August 2020 after extensive community consultation over the last two years. The local community has thorough knowledge of the park’s history and has given much time and effort to get this essential document right.
What are the four elements identified in the Masterplan for Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, and why are they important?
Heritage is the primary lens for the community and includes items like the soldiers memorial, rhododendron walk and Gallipoli steps, as well as local stories. The draft Masterplan looks at how the park’s heritage can be valued and enhanced.
Water is why the park came into existence. Its abundance contributed to the pool, ponds and plants. The draft Masterplan looks at how water can be celebrated and improved.
Community is the facilities, access, inclusivity and community expressions. This park is loved for the role it has in providing a place for the community to socialise, and for events.
English Garden Landscape is elements that contributes to the parks special aesthetic style and unique character. The draft Masterplan looks at how we can retain, maintain and restore many of the original components.
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. District parks can cost over $1 million to upgrade. More information about parks and playgrounds is available at: bmcc.nsw.gov.au/playgrounds