Planning for the $1.2 million Apex Park redevelopment is underway following a successful onsite community workshop held last week.
Turf Design Studio and Liverpool City Council representatives were in attendance to discuss the proposed upgrade, with local residents given the opportunity to view the draft concept plan and provide feedback.
Located on a prominent and busy intersection in the heart of Liverpool, 32km south-west of Sydney’s CBD, Apex Park is one of the city’s most historic parks and the location of Liverpool’s first cemetery for pioneer settlers. Considered too damp by the settlers, the cemetery was abandoned and the park left to ruin; it was cleaned up and transformed into a recreational area in 1956.
Due to the area’s increased popularity and growing residential community, Apex Park has been earmarked for further redevelopment. With its existing facilities in need of repair, the brief given to Turf Design Studio was to turn the park into a new landmark for Liverpool, creating an attractive and welcoming space for residents and visitors, while sympathetically acknowledging the park’s pioneer history.
According to Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller, “Apex Park is an integral part of the landscape, with an increasing number of people choosing to live in or close to the CBD and requiring recreational space in which to relax with family and friends or spend time with pets”.
The proposed design seeks to maintain the current use of the 8300sqm park as a place for recreation. The existing playground will be upgraded, a new memorial plaza and picnic area added, and 5320sqm of open lawn for multi-purpose use with new seating, landscaped gardens and accessible pathway networks will be included.
The new playground is a key focus, forming an exploratory circuit with a multiplay structure, cycle paths, nature play with elevated balance beams among the trees, and a maze.
Plant selection has been carefully considered, with a number of selections based on The National Trust of Australia (NSW) cemetery conservation guidelines and chosen for their symbolism, such as Rosemary for remembrance, Thyme for courage and strength, and Cypress for hope.
The community workshop was the first step in the planning process and provided an invaluable forum for ensuring the proposed design caters for both the current and future needs of the local community.
The Draft Concept Plan is open for feedback until the 11 March 2018 via the council website.
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