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.
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
Construction for the new Indoor Cricket Centre was completed in late December 2022, with a formal opening scheduled for 1 February 2023. The Indoor Cricket Centre contains 4 indoor wicket lanes and a viewing area to the outdoor cricket nets. The facility has bifold doors which enable ease of access to the outdoor cricket nets and the oval for extra-long run ups.
The Indoor Cricket Centre also includes a new groundman’s shed and an underground OSD and irrigation tank to water the oval turf.
Mark Taylor Oval Upgrade
In November 2022, Mark Taylor Oval was re-opened to the public after major construction works commenced in late 2021. The works included improving the oval playing surface, installation of new drainage and irrigation, and construction of a 3m high lightweight safety netting around part of the northern, eastern and western boundaries to assist in retaining balls within the oval and protecting other park users.
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, and the cricket practice nets still fenced off.
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.
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.
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 Warwick 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
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.
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.
New drainage works in Park Avenue and additional car parking along the Waitara Park frontage on Park Avenue were completed in 2018.