Waitara Park Precinct

Council is undertaking significant capital works within the Waitara Park Precinct to provide increased and improved open space for the local community.Waitara Park


Council adopted the Waitara Park Plan of Management in 2015. This document provides a master plan for the future development and management of Waitara Park. The redevelopment of Waitara Park Precinct will comprise of a number of individual projects as outlined below.

Tennis Courts

Construction commenced in 2016 on new tennis courts, to be built on the site of the former bowling club, which incorporates flood mitigation works aimed at reducing flooding for downstream properties. These works were completed in August 2017.

Waitara Tennis Courts

Amenities Building (including Tennis clubhouse) and playground

In April 2017 Council resolved to demolish the former Hornsby Bowling Club building and develop a smaller amenities building (with associated facilities for the new tennis courts) in association with an inclusive playground in this part of the Park. Work on the new building commenced in December 2017 and is expected to be completed by August 2018. The building will include:

  • Public toilets
  • Tennis clubroom
  • Kiosk

This building has been designed to demonstrate council’s commitment to sustainability, and includes an underground rain water harvesting tank which feeds the toilet cisterns, plus a bank of solar panels on the northern roofline which will power the building during the day, and feed any additional power back to the grid.  The building has also been designed in a way that allows natural ventilation and airflow, thus avoiding the need for costly air conditioning.  The extended roofline has been designed to create covered outdoor space on the northern and western sides of the building to provide shade during the summer months.

The new playground will include:

  • a fenced all access and inclusive playground with shade structure;
  • exercise equipment;
  • park furniture including shelter and picnic tables and seats;
  • landscaping with new plants and trees.
PCYC Facility

Construction was completed for a new PCYC facility in September 2017. This new facility includes:-

  • indoor courts for netball and basketball, exercise, dance, drama, boxing
  • meeting rooms
  • 87 underground carparking spaces
  • appealing external open space for the community including terraces with hammocks, seats and outdoor table tennis
Mark Taylor Oval

New fencing and sightscreens completed in October 2017.

Park Avenue

New drainage works in Park Avenue are expected to be completed in early 2018. Following this there will be car parking available along the Waitara Park frontage on Park Avenue.

Orara Park

Civil Constructions Pty Ltd has been engaged by Hornsby Shire Council to undertake park development and associated works to Orara Park.

The work is anticipated to commence on site in early May 2018 and are expected to last for 5 months, completing in the last quarter of 2018.

The proposed works include:

  • new paths for improved pedestrians links including pedestrian lighting between Romsey Street and Waitara Avenue;
  • upgraded playground with new play equipment;
  • improved stormwater drainage management including water quality treatment basin;
  • new park furniture, and
  • open grass areas and landscaping with new plants and trees.

Please be aware of the following throughout the construction period:

  • access to the park will not be available;
  • access paths though the park will be changed and restricted during the construction period;
  • the need to comply with all signage advising of changes and use caution when in the vicinity of the works area.
  • Be aware and take care of increased construction traffic in the area.

Orara Street Park