Open Space Strategy (Including Playground Review)

Consultation has concluded

We are developing an Open Space Strategy to help guide priorities for the future. The new Strategy will look at how our open spaces can continue to meet the needs of residents and visitors into the future.

We are developing an Open Space Strategy to help guide priorities for the future. The new Strategy will look at how our open spaces can continue to meet the needs of residents and visitors into the future.

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  • Open Space Strategy adopted

    7 months ago

    A Spirit of Play: Warringah’s Open Space Strategy was adopted at the 24 November 2015 Council meeting.

    Following extensive research and community consultation over the last 12 months, over 30 projects have been identified for new and improved recreational and open spaces. The projects range from fitness equipment for all ages, new and improved skate facilities, pathways, masterplans, shade, rockpools upgrades, new amenities, improved disability access, picnic areas, basketball and Wi-Fi.

    The strategy lists over 40 playgrounds that will be upgraded over the next five years and identifies where ageing equipment will be removed with the parks remaining for recreational purposes such as relaxation and ball games.

    View the adopted Strategy

    View Council Report (Item8.2)

    View Council Meeting Minutes (Item 8.2)

    View the public exhibition submission analysis


    A Spirit of Play: Warringah’s Open Space Strategy was adopted at the 24 November 2015 Council meeting.

    Following extensive research and community consultation over the last 12 months, over 30 projects have been identified for new and improved recreational and open spaces. The projects range from fitness equipment for all ages, new and improved skate facilities, pathways, masterplans, shade, rockpools upgrades, new amenities, improved disability access, picnic areas, basketball and Wi-Fi.

    The strategy lists over 40 playgrounds that will be upgraded over the next five years and identifies where ageing equipment will be removed with the parks remaining for recreational purposes such as relaxation and ball games.

    View the adopted Strategy

    View Council Report (Item8.2)

    View Council Meeting Minutes (Item 8.2)

    View the public exhibition submission analysis


  • How to get involved

    9 months ago

    We are seeking feedback on the Draft Open Space Strategy.

    Make a submission:

    • Online submission
    • Write to Council marked: ‘Open Space Strategy’, Warringah Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why 2099
    or come along to a drop-in information session
    • Monday 12 October, 5.30 - 7.30pm - Warringah Council Civic Centre
    Submissions close 25 October 2015

    For enquiries contact Senior Strategic Planner, Jessica Currie on 9942 2111

    We are seeking feedback on the Draft Open Space Strategy.

    Make a submission:

    • Online submission
    • Write to Council marked: ‘Open Space Strategy’, Warringah Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why 2099
    or come along to a drop-in information session
    • Monday 12 October, 5.30 - 7.30pm - Warringah Council Civic Centre
    Submissions close 25 October 2015

    For enquiries contact Senior Strategic Planner, Jessica Currie on 9942 2111
  • A Spirit of Play: Warringah’s Open Space Strategy (Draft) – Stage 3 Public exhibition

    9 months ago

    We are developing an Open Space Strategy to help guide priorities for the future. The new strategy will look at how our open spaces can continue to meet the needs of residents and visitors into the future. The strategy considers recreation activities such as playgrounds, fitness equipment, skateparks, basketball, trails and spaces for picnics, BBQs and gathering.

    All submissions made during Stages 1 and 2 have been considered throughout the development of the strategy.

    The strategy proposes over 30 projects to improve our open spaces, including:

    • Fitness equipment for all ages
    • New youth facilities for skateboarding, dirt jumping, basketball and more free Wi-Fi
    • Rejuvenation of Freshwater Beach Reserve South
    • Masterplans for Manly Dam, Lionel Watts Reserve and Beverly Job Park
    • Four new playgrounds and upgrades to over 30 playgrounds
    • Creation of five green spaces by removing ageing playground equipment and remediating the parks for recreational use such as picnics, ball games and relaxation
    • Upgrade Collaroy rockpool
    • Shade at Dee Why rockpool
    • Wheelchair access to Tea Tree Lookout at Dee Why Headland
    • A new toilet at Jacka Park, Freshwater
    • And many more…
    View the draft strategy

    We are developing an Open Space Strategy to help guide priorities for the future. The new strategy will look at how our open spaces can continue to meet the needs of residents and visitors into the future. The strategy considers recreation activities such as playgrounds, fitness equipment, skateparks, basketball, trails and spaces for picnics, BBQs and gathering.

    All submissions made during Stages 1 and 2 have been considered throughout the development of the strategy.

    The strategy proposes over 30 projects to improve our open spaces, including:

    • Fitness equipment for all ages
    • New youth facilities for skateboarding, dirt jumping, basketball and more free Wi-Fi
    • Rejuvenation of Freshwater Beach Reserve South
    • Masterplans for Manly Dam, Lionel Watts Reserve and Beverly Job Park
    • Four new playgrounds and upgrades to over 30 playgrounds
    • Creation of five green spaces by removing ageing playground equipment and remediating the parks for recreational use such as picnics, ball games and relaxation
    • Upgrade Collaroy rockpool
    • Shade at Dee Why rockpool
    • Wheelchair access to Tea Tree Lookout at Dee Why Headland
    • A new toilet at Jacka Park, Freshwater
    • And many more…
    View the draft strategy
  • Comments closed

    about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments. They will all be considered in the development of an Integrated Open Space Strategy. The draft Strategy will be reported to Council on 22 September, followed by a 28 day public exhibition whereby people can make further comment.

    It is anticipated that the final Strategy will be adopted by Council in late 2015.


    Thank you for your comments. They will all be considered in the development of an Integrated Open Space Strategy. The draft Strategy will be reported to Council on 22 September, followed by a 28 day public exhibition whereby people can make further comment.

    It is anticipated that the final Strategy will be adopted by Council in late 2015.


  • Playground review - Stage 2 Options Development

    over 1 year ago

    Many of Warringah’s ageing playgrounds were built in the 1960s and 1970s at a time of population growth and land subdivisions. The large number of playgrounds, combined with their age, has resulted in maintenance and renewal costs being higher than Council’s resources can sustainably manage. Currently there are 135 public playgrounds in Warringah, and although much progress has been made toward renewing our playgrounds, there are still a number requiring major repairs or improvements.

    We are reviewing Warringah’s playgrounds within the context of needing to balance a sustainable renewal program with an equitable distribution of play experiences. We have completed many of the actions in the Playground Strategy (2007) and outstanding actions have been reassessed in the context of new priorities.

    To see how the playgrounds in your suburb may be affected:

    For full details of the playground review, including a list of all playgrounds and how they may be affected:
    Read our 2015 Playground Review
    You can provide feedback on our Playground Review by:
    • Leave your comments at our interactive map
    • Write to Council marked: “Playground Review” Warringah Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW 2099
    • Email Council
    Comments close 20 April.

    Many of Warringah’s ageing playgrounds were built in the 1960s and 1970s at a time of population growth and land subdivisions. The large number of playgrounds, combined with their age, has resulted in maintenance and renewal costs being higher than Council’s resources can sustainably manage. Currently there are 135 public playgrounds in Warringah, and although much progress has been made toward renewing our playgrounds, there are still a number requiring major repairs or improvements.

    We are reviewing Warringah’s playgrounds within the context of needing to balance a sustainable renewal program with an equitable distribution of play experiences. We have completed many of the actions in the Playground Strategy (2007) and outstanding actions have been reassessed in the context of new priorities.

    To see how the playgrounds in your suburb may be affected:

    For full details of the playground review, including a list of all playgrounds and how they may be affected:
    Read our 2015 Playground Review
    You can provide feedback on our Playground Review by:
    • Leave your comments at our interactive map
    • Write to Council marked: “Playground Review” Warringah Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW 2099
    • Email Council
    Comments close 20 April.
  • Open Space Ideas - Stage 2 Options Development

    over 1 year ago

    Do you have ideas for new or improved open spaces in Warringah?

    A number of key themes emerged through the Open Space Survey and we are now looking to explore these further, along with any other ideas you may like to raise. Key themes so far include a need for play spaces, youth spaces, natural spaces, dog spaces, clean and safe spaces, trails and associated facilities.

    What creative and innovative ideas do you have for our open spaces and where?
    Visit our interactive map and leave your comments.

    You can provide feedback on our Open Space Ideas by:
    • Leave your comments at our interactive map
    • Write to Council marked: “Open Space Ideas” Warringah Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW 2099
    • Email Council
    Comments close 20 April.

    Do you have ideas for new or improved open spaces in Warringah?

    A number of key themes emerged through the Open Space Survey and we are now looking to explore these further, along with any other ideas you may like to raise. Key themes so far include a need for play spaces, youth spaces, natural spaces, dog spaces, clean and safe spaces, trails and associated facilities.

    What creative and innovative ideas do you have for our open spaces and where?
    Visit our interactive map and leave your comments.

    You can provide feedback on our Open Space Ideas by:
    • Leave your comments at our interactive map
    • Write to Council marked: “Open Space Ideas” Warringah Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW 2099
    • Email Council
    Comments close 20 April.
  • Swings and Roundabouts Workshop - Stage 2 Options Development

    over 1 year ago

    We would love to hear your ideas on how we could improve Warringah’s parks, playgrounds and other open spaces for future use by all generations. Please join us in a relaxed café style environment to give us your input, which will help guide the development of Warringah’s Integrated Open Space Strategy. FREE morning tea included.

    Where: Brookvale Oval, Chairman’s Lounge

    When: Tuesday 31 March, 9.30 – 11.30am

    RSVP by 27 March (for catering purposes) on Jessica Currie 9942 2978 or jessica.currie@warringah.nsw.gov.au

    We would love to hear your ideas on how we could improve Warringah’s parks, playgrounds and other open spaces for future use by all generations. Please join us in a relaxed café style environment to give us your input, which will help guide the development of Warringah’s Integrated Open Space Strategy. FREE morning tea included.

    Where: Brookvale Oval, Chairman’s Lounge

    When: Tuesday 31 March, 9.30 – 11.30am

    RSVP by 27 March (for catering purposes) on Jessica Currie 9942 2978 or jessica.currie@warringah.nsw.gov.au
  • Survey Closed

    over 1 year ago

    Thank you to all who completed our Open Space Survey. We had a great response. The survey is now closed.

    Thank you to all who completed our Open Space Survey. We had a great response. The survey is now closed.

  • Have your Say

    over 1 year ago

    Are our parks, playgrounds and open spaces important to you? What do you use our parks and open spaces for? How can Council’s open spaces better meet the needs of our community? 

    We have developed a survey to help us better understand how you use Warringah’s open spaces, and what you think should be our priorities for the future.

    Complete the Survey

    The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

    If your primary interest is skateboarding you can fill out a shortened version of the survey. 

    Complete the skate survey

    Survey closes Sunday 7 December 2014

    For more information, please contact Jessica Currie on 9942 2978

    Are our parks, playgrounds and open spaces important to you? What do you use our parks and open spaces for? How can Council’s open spaces better meet the needs of our community? 

    We have developed a survey to help us better understand how you use Warringah’s open spaces, and what you think should be our priorities for the future.

    Complete the Survey

    The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

    If your primary interest is skateboarding you can fill out a shortened version of the survey. 

    Complete the skate survey

    Survey closes Sunday 7 December 2014

    For more information, please contact Jessica Currie on 9942 2978

  • Background

    over 1 year ago

    Warringah does not currently have an Integrated Open Space Strategy. Rather, priorities are drawn from a range of strategies and plans of management (PoM).

    Some of our documents, such as the Playground Strategy (2007) and Recreation Strategy (2009), are due to be reviewed. We also have new strategies that may be able to inspire innovative directions for managing our open spaces. For example, the Youth Strategy, Creative Warringah and Healthy Ageing Strategy.

    A new Integrated Open Space Strategy will look holistically at how our open spaces can continue to meet the needs of residents and visitors into the future. We aspire to have improved and diverse spaces catering for a range of people and their interests. Consultation throughout the project will assist in identifying priorities.

    This project aligns with the following Community Strategic Plan outcomes:

    2.1 We have access to a diverse range of recreational facilities that meet the needs of the community and sporting groups

    2.2 We access attractive parks and natural areas that encourage and support a safe healthy lifestyle

    2.3 We have inviting public spaces that are clean, green and well designed

    Warringah does not currently have an Integrated Open Space Strategy. Rather, priorities are drawn from a range of strategies and plans of management (PoM).

    Some of our documents, such as the Playground Strategy (2007) and Recreation Strategy (2009), are due to be reviewed. We also have new strategies that may be able to inspire innovative directions for managing our open spaces. For example, the Youth Strategy, Creative Warringah and Healthy Ageing Strategy.

    A new Integrated Open Space Strategy will look holistically at how our open spaces can continue to meet the needs of residents and visitors into the future. We aspire to have improved and diverse spaces catering for a range of people and their interests. Consultation throughout the project will assist in identifying priorities.

    This project aligns with the following Community Strategic Plan outcomes:

    2.1 We have access to a diverse range of recreational facilities that meet the needs of the community and sporting groups

    2.2 We access attractive parks and natural areas that encourage and support a safe healthy lifestyle

    2.3 We have inviting public spaces that are clean, green and well designed