To meet the needs of a growing population, Ku-ring-gai Council has developed an innovative and award-winning Open Space Acquisition Program to provide much needed parkland for the community. Together with another award-winning program Activate Ku-ring-gai, Council will deliver over 50,000m2 of new local parks and civic spaces within close proximity to high density residential areas in Ku-ring-gai over the next 20 years. Studies have shown that approximately 35% of households are beyond reasonable walking distance to any high quality local park.
Open Space Acquisition Strategy
The Open Space Acquisition Strategy is a Council policy that establishes principles and priorities for acquiring open space in Ku-ring-gai. The strategy objectives are:
- To develop guide decision making in relation to acquisition of open space.
- To ensure acquisitions are effective investments in terms of location and quality of space acquired.
- To ensure that new parks will meet the needs of the existing and new population.
- To identify priorities including ‘hot spots’ for acquisition of open space; and
- to be able to respond appropriately to opportunities to acquire specific sites for open space as they arise.
The Ku-ring-gai Development Contributions Plan supports the Acquisition Strategy by providing funding for land acquisition, design and construction of new parks and civic spaces.
Ku-ring-gai Open Space Acquisition Strategy 2006
Open Space Acquisition Strategy - Part 1 (pdf. 183KB)
Open Space Acquisition Strategy - Part 2 (pdf. 3MB)
Open Space Acquisition Strategy - Part 3 (pdf. 2MB)
Open Space Acquisition Strategy - Part 4 (pdf. 56KB)
Open Space Acquisition Strategy - Part 5 (pdf. 4MB)
Open Space Acquisition Program Comparison 2007-2018
Shows the Open Space Acquisition Priority Ranking Map (left) from 2007 showing the areas of highest priority in reds and oranges.
Modified Priority Ranking Map (right) 2018 showing locations of new parks delivered or committed to by Council over the last 12 years.
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Open Space Acquisition Strategy Implementation Status 2018
Shows the implementation status of the Open Space Acquisition Program as of August 2018.
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To date Council has acquired over 23,000sqm of land to create new parks and civic spaces. New parklands that have been delivered and opened to the public by the Program so far include:
Balcombe Park, Wahroonga
Balcombe Park is located at 12 Woonona Avenue, Wahroonga. Council acquired the 900 square metre property in 2009 and the park was opened to the public in 2013.
Curtilage Park, Warrawee
Curtilage Park is located at 1536 Pacific Highway, Warrawee. The park is about 2,000 square metres in size and was opened to the public in 2014.
Greengate Park, Killara
Greengate Park is located on Bruce Avenue, Killara and has a total area of about 2,600 square metres. Council acquired three properties in 2010 and the park was opened to the public in December 2013.
Cameron Park, Turramurra
In 2011 Council acquired four properties adjoining Cameron Park on Gilroy Road, Turramurra to extend the existing park by 2,600 square metres. The expanded Cameron Park was opened to the public in 2017.
Lapwing Reserve, St Ives
In 2013, Council acquired two properties with a total area of 1,900 square metres adjoining an existing unimproved Council reserve. The new park opened to the public in 2017 and is almost 3,000 square metres in size.
New parks currently in the design or acquisition phase include:
Allan Avenue Reserve, Turramurra
Allen Avenue Park is a proposed park on the corner of Allan Avenue and Duff Street, Turramurra. It comprises four properties with a total area of about 2,700 square metres. The land was acquired by Council over a period of 7 years between 2008 & 2015. Construction of the park is expected to commence in early 2019.
Lindfield Village Hub Park, Lindfield
Bent Street Park is a proposed park on the western side of Lindfield with a total area of 3,900 square metres. Between 2013 & 2014 Council acquired six properties; a design concept for the park was completed as part of the Lindfield Village Hub Master Plan which was adopted by council in 2015. It will be an urban park with a formal character, open grass and paved areas enclosed by perimeter gardens and shade trees. The park will be a venue for a wide range of community events and activities. Construction is expected to commence in 2021-22.
Lindfield Village Green
The Lindfield Village Green is a proposed park and civic space to be located on a council car park at 8-10 Tryon Road, Lindfield. The park will have an area of about 2,700 square metres and will be located on top of a new three level basement public car park. The new park will offer areas with shaded seating and grass, a water feature, vine clad gazebos, and an outdoor café in the park. Construction is expected to commence in 2019.
Bedes Forest Reserve Extension, St Ives
Council is currently in the process acquiring land adjoining Bedes Forest Reserve, St Ives. To date Council has acquired one property with two remaining. The total park area will be almost 8,000 square meters once completed and will provide an quiet alternative to the St Ives Village Green for local residents.
Dumaresq Street Park, Gordon
In 2007 Council acquired three properties adjoining the Council Chambers on Dumaresq Street, Gordon. The proposed park will be 3,500 square metres in size. The exact design and location is subject to the Gordon Hub Masterplan which is currently in progress.
Activate Ku-ring-gai aims to create vibrant economic, cultural and social hubs that will promote social interaction and create a sense of community among residents. The projects will revitalise and transform the local centres of Gordon, Lindfield, Pymble, Roseville, St Ives and Turramurra, and deliver new pedestrian plazas, urban parks and gardens. For more information on current projects use the links below:
2017 - Greater Sydney Commission Awards – Great Plan – Commendation for Activate Ku-ring-gai
2017 - Parks & Leisure Australia National Awards - Excellence in Open Space Planning Award for Activate Ku-ring-gai
2017 - NSW/ACT Regional Awards - Parks and Leisure Association - Open Space Planning Award for Activate Ku-ring-gai
2014 - Planning Institute of Australia - Planning Award for the Ku-ring-gai Open Space Acquisition Program
2014 - Parks and Leisure Association - Award for the Ku-ring-gai Open Space Acquisition Program
2013 - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects - Open Space Planning Award for the Ku-ring-gai Open Space Acquisition Program