As part of our commitment to the community to improve parks and recreational facilities across the local government area, City of Parramatta Council is developing a Draft Master Plan for Binalong Park.
The Master Plan will set out a 20 year vision to align future work at the park by:
- Planning for future recreational requirements
- Identifying opportunities to improve the layout of recreational activities
- Reviewing existing amenities buildings
- Identifying opportunities to provide new local meeting rooms and community spaces
Phase two community engagement
Throughout April and May of 2021, Council sought feedback to better understand the key issues and concerns identified during phase one engagement. We are using this feedback to ensure that the Draft Master Plan (on public exhibition late May 2021) accurately reflects community requirements.
In the meantime, check out the glowing icons on the map below to learn more about what is being proposed.
Community engagement process
Your feedback is critical to renewing the Master Plan! To ensure we capture community needs and wants in the Master Plan, we will be offering three phases of community engagement as outlined below.
- Phase one – What you liked, loathed and ideas for future improvement? How can we make Binalong Park even better to support our communities social and recreational needs? (Completed on 4 February 2021)
- Phase two – Flesh out key concerns and issues: We will use your feedback from phase one to work through site constraints, understand issues and inform improvement measures. (Completed on 10 May 2021)
- Phase three – Public exhibition: We will publicly exhibit the Draft Masterplan and seek community feedback before presenting to Council for endorsement.
Frequently asked questions
In 2019, Council undertook initial consultation to improve Binalong Park. Thank you to those that provided feedback. During previous consultation, we received feedback to include water play facilities. Waterplay parks need to provide enough space for vistors to socialise, picnic and spend the day. After assessing the site and reviewing this feedback, Binalong Park has been assessed as not being suitable for a water park.
We are still committed to improving Binalong Park, which the new Master Plan will help achieve. We are also still committed to delivering a water park in the local area, and a review of Arthur Phillip Park in Northmead is currently underway. To learn more about this project click here.
We understand the sports fields at Binalong Park are important assets for the sports clubs and community. Through the development of the Master Plan, we are looking at opportunities to improve quality and increase the capacity of these fields to support both current and future usage.
Council is undertaking parking surveys during peak summer and winter periods to determine the total number of spaces required on an ongoing basis. During the implementation of the Master Plan, some reconfiguration of the carparks may be considered to improve accessibility between sections of the park and safety of park users.
Council understands parents use the Binalong Park carpark during pick-up and drop-off of children. This is something we would like to hear more about during consultation. We are investigating ways to make the parking lot safer and more accessible for the local school community.
Council is reviewing the use of existing buildings. We have identified that local meeting rooms and social spaces could be a future requirement. During consultation, we would like to hear the community’s feedback about how you currently use the buildings at Binalong Park, whether they can be repurposed or consolidated.
A Master Plan is a long term document that helps align work at the park over a 20 year period. We expect to undertake some improvements to the parks facilities as early as 2021. Other more major works will be subject to funding commitments in the future.
Council is proposing to consult with the community throughout the development of the plans – you will have an opportunity to view the plans as we are developing them.