Ernest Grant Park Master Plan

We are seeking your ideas and comments on Ernest Grant Park. Your feedback will assist us to develop a master plan for the park and identify priorities for future improvements.

Ernest Grant Park Master Plan

Ernest Grant Park is located on the corner of Thurgoona Drive and Bogong Road, Thurgoona. The oval has been designed for AFL and also includes a synthetic cricket wicket. The playing surface was upgraded in 2013 and included  installation of subsurface drainage and planting of kikuyu grass.

We've secured funding via the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Round two for the installation of outdoor exercise equipment at the park. Installation is expected to be completed by October 2020. To ensure the exercise equipment is installed in the most appropriate location a master plan is being developed.

The master plan will also consider a range of issues and opportunities which are detailed below.

Initial consultation has been held with surrounding key stakeholders and now, we're seeking input from the community to help us develop a master plan for the area. We'd like to know what you think of the suggestions below, and we also encourage you to present your own ideas.

To assist in co-ordinating the Have a Say process a short survey has been developed.

If you would like to discuss further prior to filling out the survey please contact Project Officer Mark Lee on 02 6023 8192 or email.

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Car Parking

There are two informal car parks in the park. The main carpark area is accessed from Bogong Street while the other is accessed from Bottlebrush Street (adjacent to the Pre-School). The existing carparking does not meet the demand for the current usage.

Opportunities being considered

  • Expand and formalise existing car park on the eastern side of the park
  • Investigate expansion options of the western car park which could assist traffic issues associated with pick up and drop off times of the school

Path Network

There is an existing network of pathways which lead to key destinations throughout the park. The pathways are gravel and due to the terrain require regular maintenance. During winter, sections of the pathways are difficult to traverse especially for the mobility impaired.

Opportunities being considered

  • Upgrade path network to improve accessibility
  • Improve connectivity within and around the park by linking the school to the eastern side of the park which includes the car park, play space and public toilet

Play Space

There is a small play area in the park which has minimal play value and is at the end of its useful life. Due to its location (surrounded by residents and adjacent to the school) a larger play area with increased play value will be considered.

Opportunities being considered

  • Upgrade play area to a district level play space (Refer National Foresters Grove Play Space for an example of a district level play space)
  • Determine most suitable location for a larger play space within the park

Public Toilet / Changerooms

There are no changerooms in the park. Since the upgrade of the playing surface in 2013, sportsground usage has increased and changerooms are required. The public toilets are adequate however lack fully compliant disabled facilities. Storage has been addressed temporarily with the installation of a shipping container in the park.

Opportunities being considered

  • Identify a suitable location for a sports pavilion including changerooms, public toilets, storage and kiosk, designed to comply with accessibility standards and local level AFL and cricket standards.

Skate Facilities

The skate facility is at the end of its useful life. The Albury Skate and BMX Strategy identifies the way that skate facilities are made available. As a district level play space is proposed in this park which incorporates skate elements in its design, rather than rebuilding the skate park, an alternative location should be identified in Thurgoona for a regional skate facility.

Opportunities being considered

  • Include skate elements into a larger play space area
  • Investigate a suitable location in Thurgoona for a regional skate facility

Sportfield Improvements

The sportsfield playing surface was upgraded in 2013 while the synthetic cricket wicket was upgraded in 2017. The oval is utilised by Thurgoona Auskick, Cricket Albury Wodonga (Seniors and Juniors) as well as for training (a range of sports). The playing surface is under-utilised due to the lack of sportsfield lighting. There has been interest in establishing a cricket training facility at the site and synthetic practice wickets and nets should be considered in the master plan.

Opportunities being considered

  • Installation of sportsfield lighting for the oval
  • Suitable location for cricket practice nets

Vegetation

The park area has a number of mature and semi-mature trees. Revegetation works have been undertaken to improve natural environment and habitat.

Opportunities being considered

  • Retain existing mature and semi-mature trees where possible and carry out understorey planting
  • Continue to maintain existing revegetated areas
  • Provide a vegetation buffer between residential areas and reserve activities

Park and Interpretive Signage

The facility identifier signage requires upgrading to the new branding while interpretive information (recognition plaque on a rock) requires modernisation.

Opportunities being considered

  • Upgrade park facility identifier to new branding
  • Replace the recognition plaque with modernised interpretive material