The skate facility adds to the play equipment and open space to enhance Melrose Park as a family friendly place in North Katoomba. Do you agree?

almost 6 years ago
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  • immed8 almost 8 years ago
    Yes, it would - at present, this is an under-utilised area that would be ideal for the proposal suggested. It's a great park with good sight lines, in an open, visible area. The existing play equipment is adequate, but the addition of the skate park can only encourage more families with young children to attend the park.
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    • Albionresident almost 8 years ago
      Actually, just so everyone on here has the correct facts...a skate facility is classed by the nsw state govt as "outdoor recreation facility" not play equipment...why it's allowed to be classed as play equipment has me baffled.....I'm not opposed to learning to ride for young kids...but there also doesn't appear to be any straight bike tracks here. Are we supposed to take a four year old with training wheels and let them go into the bowl. That's what makes me worried that this is not what it appears. Plus the "delay" in the upgrade for goldsmith place has happened why?
    • AMC almost 8 years ago
      This park is more utilised than many of the other parks proposed as alternatives. When it doesn't rain cricket is played both days of the weekend with cars parking around the bollards ( where the proposed skate facility AKA as play equipment apparently) where wives, mother, fathers, kids, siblings and girlfirends watch the cricket and the displaced dog walkers mill about the top section. On any pleasant afternoon dog owners can be seen sitting on the bollards throwing balls onto the oval for their hounds often enjoying a quiet bevvie. It is also used regularly by skydivers practicing landings ( illegal apparently) and remote controlled aircraft (also illegal apparently). I guess all this will change. It is a shame Council has chosen this place in a location where there are not many young kids, no toilets (the one's there are closed due to asbestos apparently- the cricketers sometimes come over to my place to use the toilet as i know a few of them), no footpaths, no bubblers, no nearby shops. The point is Melrose Park is ALREADY A FAMILY FRIENDLY PLACE- just not for small people who desperately need to pee or want a drink.
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      • immed8 almost 8 years ago
        I'd agree in respect that really, the whole park could do with rejuvenation in respect to the toilets and bubblers (maybe council could slip this into the plan somewhere)? And yes, on the weekends we get the occasional game of cricket (weather permitting) and I've met a few dog owners there myself in the evenings, though haven't sighted any skydivers yet... but would a small junior skate park impact on any of this significantly, or vice versa? I've taken my boy up there on many weekends and it's been utterly deserted... he actually gets spooked sometimes because it's so quiet!All I'm saying is that the park could certainly sustain with a little more activity, and although I hear the concerns of residents, I really don't think this is going to impact in perhaps the way they might imagine.
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        • AMC almost 8 years ago
          I agree that some of the fears are possibly unfounded - but the nearby demographic is generally older, with poor skills to access forums like this and it upsets me that they feel that their voices are very much unheard. My nearest neighbour was in tears the other day fearing she would have to sell her house. Her big fear is that if the junior facility goes ahead it makes it far easier down the track to expand the facility into a general all ages skate facility (which is proposed in some of the background papers). I tend to agree and so does the legislation. Promises made now hold no legal weight if there is a shift in Council's thinking about where the all ages facility should be. And will the skate park stay at Goldsmith place when the apartment blocks and shops start going in in two months time? I think Katoomba Falls is the ideal location for the junior facility - near the BBQs. There is a kiosk, parking, nice toilets, no nearby residents, always lots of people about etc etc.
        • AMC almost 8 years ago
          Skydivers are there right now - 12.25pm Sunday - if you want to see them in action. They have chutes spread out over the top flat area - prepping for their landing practice on the oval. Yesterday the park had cars and people playing cricket all over the area where the proposed skate facility is being put in. Melrose isn't under utilized at all.
  • Albionresident almost 8 years ago
    Just trying to understand the FAQs on the website. It states that of the 21 sites that melrose was chosen because of several criteria that was considered... Number 3 being amenities. What amenities are they talking about? The play equipment? Or the toilets? If its the latter, then further on in the FAQs it states the following :Q. Will the toilets be opened during the day?The skate facility is regarded as play equipment; Council does not routinely open and close toilets at parks with play equipment.So does that the mean the old asbestos toilets which have been closed and unusable for some time are going to be reopened and not closed at night...OR does it mean they are not going to be opened at all? It's very ambiguous. If not opened...then what amenities are they referring to..a couple of swings and flying fox? Anyone know?