The Hills Shire Council has developed a draft landscape master plan for a new district level park ‘Rainforest Street Reserve’, located off The Water Lane, Box Hill.
This proposed facility will provide a range of exciting informal and passive recreation opportunities consistent with a district level passive park in accordance with Council’s Recreation Strategy (2019) including:
- A district level playground featuring a range of play equipment for various ages and abilities with shade sails and selected areas of rubber soft fall.
- Picnic facilities including picnic shelters, settings, and barbeques.
- Skate park/plaza area.
- Junior and senior mountain bike trails.
- Turf kick-about space.
- Amenities building.
- On-site car parking.
- Lighting to the main playspace.
- Concrete pathways including internal paths and connections beyond the site.
- Soft landscaping including raingarden to treat on-site stormwater.
- Retention of remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland vegetation.
Draft Masterplan as exhibited
As part of the public exhibition process, Council invited the community to provide feedback on the design by 4:30pm, Friday 26 May 2023.
Following completion of the public exhibition period, Council will review all submissions, make any required design changes, and arrange for the plan to be formally adopted.
At this stage funding is available to support the design phase of this project.
The construction of the reserve is not expected to commence for several years and is subject to funding availability and the construction and upgrading of roads surrounding the site.
Should you have any enquiries regarding this project please contact Council’s Recreational Project Planner, Melanie Medrano by email email@example.com or by telephone on 02 9843 0433.
Submissions have now closed.
Post Exhibition Information
Results of the Public Exhibition Period and Adoption of the Rainforest Street Reserve Landscape Master Plan
Council has recently completed the public exhibition process for the Rainforest Street Reserve Landscape Master Plan.
Council received 35 formal submissions during the exhibition period between 28 April and 26 May 2023.
At its meeting on 25 July 2023, Council considered the submissions which contained a vast range of requests, recommendations and suggestions including requests for water play, support for the proposed mountain bike tracks, requests for basketball, shade to the playground, and more inclusive play equipment.
Council resolved to adopt the Master Plan as exhibited with two minor adjustments including the provision of a splash park and more inclusive play equipment.
While the splash park has been included in the adopted master plan, the delivery of the splash park is not programmed at this stage and will unlikely be delivered at the time of park construction. The provision of the splash park will be subject to funding being available to support both the construction costs and the relatively high whole of life operational and renewal costs.
Play equipment will be reviewed during the detail design process to incorporate more inclusive elements into the design.
The adopted Master Plan is available for viewing below:
Adopted Rainforest Street Reserve Landscape Master Plan(PDF, 22MB)
Following the adoption of the Master Plan, Council will proceed with the detail design process in anticipation of a future construction tender.
The exact timing of delivery is not confirmed at this stage and is dependant on a number of factors including:
- Confirmation of funding through the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART)
- Developer contribution funding received through Contributions Plan No. 15
- The construction and upgrading of roads surrounding the site to provide site access.
Therefore construction of the reserve is anticipated to be several years away.