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Waitara Park Precinct

Waitara Park oval

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

Background

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.

Indoor Cricket Centre

Project Updates

October 2022

The indoor cricket facility’s roof has now been installed and HPAC have also installed the operable windows and doors, which will form the façade of the building. The internal lighting has been fully installed, and the structural steel has also been painted. Throughout the next week, HPAC will install the rubber underlay and internal turf flooring, which will be followed by the hanging netting installation. The landscaping will be undertaken in the coming weeks, pending a dry weather forecast, with HPAC wrapping up the works towards the end of October 2022.

indoor cricket update

September 2022

In the month of August 2022, HPAC have installed the precast concrete panels to form some walls of the building and commenced the roof installation. The internal electrical services have also been roughed in to enable to internal fit-out to commence following the roof and wall installation. The rainy weather has had an impact on the progress of the construction works and as a result, the building is due to be complete in October 2022. HPAC are due to complete the roof and will proceed in the installation of the facility’s openable walls.

Mark Taylor Oval indoor cricket update

August 2022

Throughout July 2022, HPAC have poured the ground floor slab to the main building and the equipment shed slab. The completion of the building’s floor slabs allowed for the delivery of the structural steel to the site. HPAC have now commenced the erection of the structural steel to form the building’s structure. The structural steel installation is due to be completed in mid-August which allows for the external walls and roof installation to occur in the coming weeks.

steel frame structure

July 2022

Throughout the month of June, HPAC have installed the reinforcement steel, as well as the waterproofing membrane in preparation for the concrete pour of the ground slab. The project has experienced delay due to the considerable rainfall through the past weeks and HPAC are ensuring that works are proceeding with safety as a priority.

As the weather clears, HPAC are intending to pour the concrete ground slab for the building in the coming week. Following this, the structural steel and external walls are to be erected allowing the roof structure to take place over the main building.

concrete floor slab

June 2022

Construction works for the Indoor Cricket Facility have continued in June, with HPAC completing the demolition and the removal of topsoil to begin the excavation of the pile foundations. The steel reinforcement for the piles has been installed, which was followed by the concrete pour.

foundations

HPAC have further completed the excavation of the OSD tank, with a base now also laid. The concrete pour to form the OSD tank is due to occur within the coming days.

Regarding the building envelope, the footings for the external walls have been trenched and the hydraulic services have been installed. The ground floor slab, weather permitting, is due to be poured in the last week of June 2022.

floor slab with diggerfoundations under preparation

May 2022

On 10 May 2022, the Indoor Cricket Facility construction works at Mark Taylor Oval were approved to commence under Construction Certificate No. 21/1998/01.

The Indoor Cricket Facility will contain 4 indoor wicket lanes, a viewing area to the new outdoor nets and incorporate a runup from the oval. The facility’s bifold doors will also allow ease of access to the outdoor cricket nets and the oval.

Construction works are being undertaken by builder, HPAC. Over the following month, works will include the demolition of the existing cricket nets and the existing shed. Ground clearing and grading within the site confides, in preparation for the excavation of the building envelope and Onsite Detention (OSD) tank.

Waitara Oval indoor cricket centre montage

Architect’s Concept Sketch, October 2020


Mark Taylor Oval Upgrade

Project Updates

November 2022

OVAL OPENING THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2022

A big thank you to the Waitara community for your incredible patience while we worked to deliver a new and improved oval, providing a better experience and greater use for all.

When will the oval be open for use?

Since being laid in August, the Mark Taylor Oval turf has been busy growing, and we are delighted to announce the oval will re-open to the public on Thursday, 24 November 2022.

Why is there no cricket wicket?

NSW is currently experiencing a state-wide shortage of cricket wicket soil due to the ongoing La Nina wet weather event. This has resulted in the oval being completed and opened for use without a central cricket wicket.

When cricket wicket soil is available (currently anticipated sometime 2023), Council will work with the local cricket and rugby clubs to coordinate construction of the central oval wicket and cricket practice nets. These delayed works will result in the oval being wholly, or partly closed for a short period of time.

Mark Taylor oval complete

October 2022

During the month of September and October, the turf has been taking root and is establishing well. Council are monitoring the forecast impact of the third La Nina event, however at this stage the oval is still on track to be open for use in December. If the turf grows faster than expected, Council will be able to open the oval to the public sooner.

panoramic view of oval

August 2022

Easing of wet weather during May and June allowed the oval to dry out enough to enable tractors and machines to install the drainage pipes and complete the final laser levelling. When the oval was almost ready for the turf to be laid, Sydney received record rainfall, causing the Hawkesbury River to flood. As Sydney’s turf farms are located along the banks of the Hawkesbury River, the flooding resulted in the turf farm being under approx. 4m of water (see photo). The water has since receded, the turf has regenerated, and can now be cut and laid at Mark Taylor Oval. In early August, couch turf was laid on the oval, which now needs time to grow and establish.

Due to state wide shortages of specialised wicket soil, the oval has been constructed without a central cricket wicket. When wicket soil becomes available (anticipated late 2022), the oval cricket wicket will be constructed, and the turf cricket practice nets will be completed.

When will the oval be open for use?

The turf needs time to grow and establish before the oval can be used. Typically, in warmer months, oval turf takes 10-12 weeks to establish before it can be used. Due to the delays experienced (Covid, wet weather etc), the turf has been laid in Winter when it is dormant.

The turf will start growing when the weather warms up (likely the beginning of Spring) and take 10-12 weeks to establish. Therefore, it is anticipated the oval will be open for use in December.

If the turf grows faster than expected, Council will be able to open the oval to the public sooner.

surface upgrades Waitara Park


June 2022

Easing of wet weather during May and June has allowed the oval to dry out enough to enable tractors and machines to complete the grading works and commence installation of the drainage lines. Once the drainage works are completed (expected early July) the oval turf will be laid.

After turf is laid, the turf will become dormant and turn brown due to the cooler temperatures in the Winter months. The oval turf will need the heat from the warmer months to grow and establish before it can be used.

Once the oval turf has been laid, an update will be provided advising when the oval is likely to be open for use. At this stage, we anticipate the oval will be open for use in December. If the turf grows and establishes faster than expected, Council will be able to open the oval to the public sooner.

Due to state wide shortages of specialised wicket soil, the oval has been constructed without a central cricket wicket. When wicket soil becomes available (anticipated late 2022), the oval cricket wicket will be constructed, and the turf cricket practice nets will be completed.

tractors on soil

pipe works


May 2022

The continual turning over of the topsoil assisted in drying out the soil to a level where it was able to be spread in early May. Following the results of the soil property investigations, additional free draining material was incorporated to assist the soil in drying out.

The continued wet weather is preventing the oval from drying out enough for grading machinery to drive on it, as the oval surface is too soft which would cause the machinery to get bogged. Once the grading of the oval surface is complete, the final drainage and laying of turf can be completed.

While we wait for the oval to be suitable for grading machinery to drive upon it, construction of the new oval driveway along Park Avenue has been completed.

oval with wet sandy soil

close up image of wet soil and deep footprints


April 2022

Noting the continued wet weather, Council and the Contractor have explored different options to accelerate the drying out of the oval soil to enable the grading and subsequent drainage and turf laying to be completed.

This included stockpiling the topsoil into mounds and continually turning the soil over which has occurred. This process allows a greater surface area of the soil to be exposed to the sun / wind and helps the soil dry out. Whilst this action has assisted, continual rain / overcast weather in April has meant the topsoil is still too wet to be graded, with small ponding of water still visible on site (see photos below).

Further soil property investigations are underway to determine if any additives can be incorporated into the topsoil to assist in drying out the material.

During this period other works have been completed, including:

  • New oval gates installed in the South / Eastern side of the oval to facilitate extra long run-ups from the soon to be constructed Indoor Cricket Centre
  • Preparation works for new oval driveway along Park Avenue (driveway to be poured early May)
  • Installation of irrigation lines to cricket practice net area

oval with mound of sand on top

oval with mound of sand on top


March 2022

Ongoing significant rainfall received in March has continued to delayed progress on site. The wet weather continues to impact the contractor’s ability to drive across the field to undertake the required laser levelling prior to installing the remaining oval drainage and turf.

While we wait for the oval to dry out enough to enable tractors and machines to laser level the oval, some other works have been able to be completed, including:

  • Re-installation of the oval picket fencing
  • Pouring of the concrete slab for the synthetic turf run-ups
  • Installation of drainage lines to cricket practice net area

We are currently exploring options to accelerate the drying out of the oval soil to enable the laser grading to be completed. Once the grass has been laid (currently anticipated middle of the year – weather depending), we will have a better understanding of when the oval will be available again for use. There will be an establishment period following the laying of the grass before access to the oval will be available.


February 2022

Oval fencing installed and additional material imported to site to create level playing surface. Significant rainfall received in January and February has delayed progress on site. We are currently waiting for the oval to dry out enough to enable tractors and machines to laser level the oval so turf can be laid.

park under construction with soil

park under construction with soil and water flooding


December 2021

Irrigation and drainage works are completed. Footings for the new cricket practice net retaining wall have been poured. Top soil spread over oval ready for turf to be laid in early January.

Waitara Park progress December 2021


November 2021

The large amount of rain that fell throughout November has delayed progress. Importation and compaction of subgrade soil has been completed. Irrigation mainlines have been installed and laying of irrigation lines for central cricket wicket is underway.

ground with trench dug and digger in backgrounnd


October 2021

Construction of kerb and gutter around southern end of the oval and excavation of cricket practice nets are now complete. New temporary irrigation tank delivered to site. Importing of additional subgrade soil scheduled for early November.

kerb and gutter


September 2021

Concrete footings and low retaining wall around northern end of the oval and demolition of the western synthetic cricket practice nets are now complete. Importing of subgrade soil to northern oval end is underway. Excavation for the new kerb and gutter at the southern end scheduled for early October.

Mark Taylor surface upgrade september


August 2021

On 9 August, works commenced on the surface upgrade of Mark Taylor Oval.

Demolition of the western turf cricket practice nets and oval picket fencing has been completed. Earthworks to the northern end of the oval are currently underway, with top soil being stockpiled on site for reuse. Construction of the new retaining wall around the northern half of the oval is progressing, with the reinforced concrete footings scheduled to be poured early September.

It is currently anticipated that the oval works will be completed by March 2022.

Mark Taylor Oval


July 2021

Council will commence upgrade of Mark Taylor Oval early August 2021. The works include installation of a new sub surface irrigation and drainage system to improve the efficiency of water used on the oval and improve the natural turf sports surface. Additionally, the proposal includes the construction of a low retaining wall around the northern end of the oval to facilitate a consistent 1 per cent fall across the field and improve drainage off the cricket wicket.

When completed, the Oval Surface Upgrade will provide an improved playing surface for sports users as well as the adjoining community for passive recreation.

In addition to these works, a 3m high lightweight safety netting is also proposed around part of the northern, eastern and western boundaries to assist in retaining balls within the oval and protecting other park users.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

During construction, the oval will be unavailable for use. There will be disruptions to the circuit path, at which times alternative pedestrian routes will be provided. Please take care during these times. The Waitara Park tennis centre, playground, PCYC and its outdoor forecourt area will not be impacted by the works.

Tennis Courts

Construction of the Waitara Park Tennis Courts were completed in late 2017. The facilities include six new courts which also double up as a flood detention basin to help mitigate down-stream flooding issues.

Waitara Tennis Courts

Amenities Building

amenities building 2amenitites building 1 In association with the Tennis Courts, construction of the new Amenities Building was also completed in August 2018.  This new facility, designed by Phillips-Marler architects, provides a new clubspace that supports the new courts (currently leased by the Kim Warick Tennis Academy) as well as new public amenities.  This building has raised the bar in terms of sustainable design, and includes a 10,000ltr water harvesting tank, solar panels and generous roof overhangs to provide outdoor shade.  The building also includes a system of electronically controlled fans and louvres which assist natural ventilation to help to keep the building cool in summer, and avoid the need for air conditioning. The building has been designed to house a kiosk which will service the courts and new playground on the western side.

Waitara Park Inclusive Playground

Waitara Park Inclusive Playspace Construction of the new inclusive playground was completed in 2019. Designed by Council and jointly funded by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, the new playground provides a variety of play equipment options to suit a broad range of ages and abilities.

The playground is fully fenced and also includes shade sails, seating, picnic shelters, barbeques and extensive garden beds with tree plantings. Accessible parking, a drop-off/pick-up point and tree plantings assist in allowing people to get to and stay in the playground.

Three new exercise stations were constructed on the north-eastern side of Mark Taylor Oval to complement the circuit footpath around the oval.

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 car parking spaces
  • appealing external open space for the community including terraces with hammocks, seats and outdoor table tennis.

PCYC 2PCYC 1

Mark Taylor Oval

Council is proposing to renew the existing sub surface irrigation and drainage system to improve the efficiency of water used on the oval and improve the natural turf sports surface. Additionally, the proposal includes the construction of a low retaining wall around the northern end of the oval to facilitate a consistent 1 per cent fall across the field and improve drainage off the cricket wicket.

When completed the Oval Surface Upgrade will provide an improved playing surface for the sports users as well as the adjoining community for passive recreation.

In addition to these works, a 3m high lightweight safety netting is also proposed around part of the northern, eastern and western boundaries to assist in retaining balls within the oval and protecting other park users.

Construction is scheduled to commence mid-late 2021 and be completed by early-mid 2022.

During this period public access to the Oval Surface will be closed and there will also be disruptions to the use of the circuit path.  Sports users will be accommodated in nearby other sportsgrounds. Nearby alternative parks will also be promoted for community members who actively use the Oval Surface and circuit path. It is noted the nearby tennis centre, playground, PCYC and its outdoor forecourt area will not be impacted by the works.

Park Avenue

New drainage works in Park Avenue and additional car parking along the Waitara Park frontage on Park Avenue were completed in 2018.