Sustainable Parklands Project
Project Name: E.S. Marks Athletics Field Safety Upgrade
Location: E.S. Marks Athletics Field, Moore Park
Project Timing: To be confirmed
Project in brief
As part of the Sustainable Parklands Program, Centennial Parklands is planning a new car park and public entry point to the E.S. Marks Athletics Field facility from Dacey Avenue in Moore Park.
This important safety upgrade will greatly improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, decrease on-street congestion, and increase accessibility.
Public consultation for this project was undertaken from 13 March to 3 April 2017 and included online and physical exhibitions, stakeholder interviews and community group briefings. We have addressed each of the safety points received in the submissions and the feedback has been critical in shaping and influencing the additional recommendations in the construction tender, which is now out to market.
As part of the Sustainable Parklands Program, a new car park and entry point is being created for the E.S. Marks Athletics Field. This important upgrade will improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, decrease on-street congestion, and increase accessibility.
Public consultation was undertaken from 13 March to 3 April 2017 and included online and physical exhibitions, stakeholder interviews and community briefings.
The feedback has been critical in determining additional recommendations for the project, which will be delivered as part of the progressive implementation of the Moore Park Masterplan 2040.
In 2013, we delivered a series of planned facility enhancements and safety upgrades at E.S. Marks Athletics Field. This stage saw the replacement of the running track, and improvements to a number of the support services. As part of our Sustainable Parklands Program, we are now undertaking a new series of works on improved safety and accessibility.
This stage, as documented in the 2002 Moore Park South Master Plan and the Moore Park Master Plan 2040, will address a number of long-standing issues relating to car and bus parking and drop-off as well as access and general accessibility to the site.
The new car park and public entry point to the E.S. Marks Athletics Field from Boronia Avenue to Dacey Avenue will greatly improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, as well as increase public awareness and accessibility of the site.
The NSW Government and Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust have been working together to raise funds for the E.S. Marks Athletics Field Safety Upgrade and NSW Treasury has contributed $2.8 million to the project.
Community input and consultation
The staged upgrade to the E.S. Marks Athletics Field facility was first addressed in the 2002 Moore Park South Master Plan. Following extensive community consultation, the plan flagged:
“Staged development of a multi-use sports facility which may include a variety of indoor and outdoor sports, health and fitness, aquatic, sports medicine and campus style sports and education related accommodation.”
The future of E.S. Marks Athletics Field was further addressed in the Centennial Parklands Plan of Management 2006-2016. Again, after extensive community and stakeholder consultation, the plan noted the future of the site was:
“To realise the potential of the E.S. Marks site, to provide a range of participatory sporting and associated facilities with a focus on athletics, sports training and development, health and wellbeing and to add significant value to Centennial Parklands.”
In 2015 we began the first stage of stakeholder and community consultation on the draft Moore Park Master Plan 2040. This plan, which received high levels of positive feedback, referenced:
“Upgrade ES Marks Athletics Field facilities and explore opportunities for high performance sports training and community sports facilities (including allied health facilities) could create a benchmark for ‘a place for all to play.’”
The consistent intention, identified need and community response of all of these plans is for increased investment in the site to develop greater opportunities for community participation through multi-use facilities. It is critical that a safe and accessible car and bus parking facility is introduced to cater for the future growth and investment in to the facility.
External needs identification
The needs highlighted in the design development of this project are driven by the above mentioned successive planning documents, and reinforced by regular feedback received by the community and regular users of the site (which includes local residents, sporting community groups and representative bodies, and surrounding local councils)
The majority of the needs identified by external bodies focus mainly around:
- The need to create a safe and well planned parking facility for car and bus access.
- The need to invest in facilities that will continue to service the growing population and the demand for outdoor recreation in the inner city.
Early consultation on the concept plans for the project was undertaken with various user groups (including, for example, Athletics NSW, City of Sydney, and the KU Centennial Parklands Childcare Centre). This consultation enabled us to understand their requirements, and incorporate their needs as far as practicable during the design process.
In addition to stakeholder input, we sought independent reviews and recommendations from industry experts on:
- parking and traffic
- asset condition
- structural audits
- safety review and audit
Consultation with the key stakeholders, user groups, residents, and the broader community took place during a formalised public consultation period from 13 March to 3 April 2017. This has now closed.
Each of the submissions have been thoroughly reviewed. In summary:
A dust mitigation strategy will be implemented which includes a ‘scrim’ screen and regular watering to reduce dust.
Any trees identified for removal will be replaced on a one-for-one basis, on site and more broadly across the Parklands.
Parking operations will be determined consistently with all metred parking across Moore Park. Signage will be in place to support parents dropping off and collecting children from the Childcare Centre. It is anticipated that these spaces will be 15 minute parking only during peak periods.
- Cycling paths / end of trip facilities
A safer, wider shared pedestrian path is being constructed on Dacey Avenue with new bike racks being installed in the new car park area.
There will be no net loss of athletics facilities, track or field, during the construction works. The discus circles will be temporarily relocated to the main field, however general disruption is expected to be minimal.
Communication will continue throughout the project to ensure that our visitors remain aware of all scheduled work and potential impacts.
While there may be some temporary inconvenience, it is an exciting progression of the facility and will certainly provide a better and safer outcome for all visitation to the Precinct.
The current design for the project includes the relocation of the formal entry and new car park at the northern end of the E.S. Marks Athletics Field facility to Dacey Avenue. The project will take cars and buses off local streets and reduce local congestion on Boronia Avenue.
Car parking already on site adjacent to the KU Childcare Centre will be integrated into this project. Access and safety will be maintained for childcare workers and parent dropoff and pickup.
Maintaining proximity access to parking for precinct users will remain our priority. The new carpark will include metered parking in order to maintain access for regular users of the precinct, and mitigate potential use from commuters who would utilise the facility as a free park-and-ride location once the nearby City and South East Light Rail is operational.
The car park design has undergone an independent safety review to ensure compliance with all safety requirements, and the design’s focus has been on providing a safe and accessible facility for vehicles and pedestrians.