Community consultation will involve several stages including:
Phase 1 - Identifying and understanding community views, concerns and aspirations for the proposed parklands.
- This may include a community vision statement for the park.
- Broad level focus on types of use, frequency of use, interactions between different features/zones/activities.
Phase 2 - Test and review preliminary designs for the Master Plan.
- This will include explanations of how we used the community’s ideas and feedback in the preliminary design.
- This provides the community with an opportunity to see if Council has understood the overall community’s feedback including their concerns and aspirations, and addressed them appropriately.
Phase 3 - Draft Master Plan presented for final comments.
- This review will be the final opportunity for feedback prior to adoption of the Master Plan and is likely to include a confirmation process on preferences for the order of proposed stages, within budget constraints.
Phase 4 - Periodic review of Master Plan.
- As the development of the park will occur over a number of years and not all at once, Council plans to include the local community in reviewing aspects of the Master Plan prior to implementation of each stage.
- This will allow amendments to be made as the population around the park grows and as Council has budget to construct future stages.
- This process provides the ability for the Master Plan to be updated so as to reflect changes in local needs and aspirations
As this park design will start with a relatively empty block there is an opportunity to take an innovative approach with layout and features. While designs will need to be managed within available budgets, the choice of features and timing of installation of some features will be influenced by community consultation.
Council will approach the park design with an open mind and consider all ideas put forward by the community. Choices will have to be made by both the local community and Council about which features can be managed within designated and realistic budgets, which will include ongoing maintenance and operational costs.
One key guide for the community to consider is that Council is unlikely to install any features that would generally be a commercial venture such as an ice/roller-skating rink, bowling alley, cinema or water park. However, it may be possible for designs to facilitate some aspects of those ideas in a way which encourages commercial and community providers to run those activities.