The delivery of the exciting Gipps Street Recreation Precinct is now one step closer with Council recently announcing the issue of a Request for Tender for construction of the project.
Council is seeking a qualified construction company to undertake the construction, landscaping, and installation work required to bring the dynamic precinct design on the 32-hectare site to life. You can read our media release about this here.
This important step means Council’s long-range strategy to transform the former waste facility site into a landmark sport and recreation destination can start to take shape in early-mid 2022.
When complete, Gipps Street Recreation Precinct will incorporate both active and passive sport and recreational space, including:
- Floodlit grass sports fields of various sizes to suit multiple sports
- Inclusive children’s play, water play, and nature play areas, including fixed and natural shade
- Youth precinct, including floodlit skate park, pump track and multi-sport courts
- Floodlit netball courts and district level cricket practice facilities
- Outdoor health and fitness gym equipment for all ages
- Off leash floodlit dog park, with separate areas for large and small dogs
- Pedestrian connections, including walking loops and nature trail
- Passive recreation, picnic and viewing areas, including barbeques, shelters and public art
- Tree planting and landscaping
- Main amenity building and supporting toilets facilities throughout the precinct. The main amenity building includes a large-scale canteen, storage, multi-purpose area, accessible toilets, officials change rooms and eight player change rooms to suit multiple sports.
- Car parking, including accessible spaces and coach drop off/parking
The Gipps Street Claremont Meadows site was used as Council’s main waste facility from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s. It has been earmarked for use as a recreation precinct since the 2000s but required extensive remediation before it could be developed.
Council’s Penrith Sport & Recreation Strategy 2020, which forms the 15-year road map for the future provision of sport, play, recreation and open space facilities across our City, helped create the vision for the Gipps Street Recreation Precinct Masterplan.
In May-June 2020, Council undertook community consultation to seek feedback on this vision. The Masterplan was then adopted by Council in July 2020. A further community co-design workshop and online engagement was also undertaken in March 2021 to help inform the detailed design for the Youth Precinct, which includes the City's very first pump track.
The Gipps Street Recreation Precinct is expected to be complete in approximately late 2023.
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