Liverpool City Council has unveiled a 30-year masterplan to transform the 28-hectare Woodward Park in south-western Sydney into a social, cultural and recreational hub.
The Woodward Place masterplan, developed with People Place and Partnership, Hassell, Aspect Studios, Terroir and Yerrabingin, outlines plans for a leisure centre; green spaces; community facilities including a community hub, childcare centre, halls, markets and public parking; exhibition, events and conference facilities; and sporting parks.
The council says the vision will be a catalyst for the growth of Liverpool’s centre, tipped to become the third CBD of Sydney.
The transformation will allow residents to enjoy the parkland setting and have access to a variety of community and lifestyle facilities.
“Our City Centre has been undergoing cataclysmic change and transformation in recent years, with the development of Liverpool Civic Place, the Liverpool Innovation Precinct, and the endorsement of the Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Masterplan,” said Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller. “The Woodward Place Masterplan ensures this momentum continues.”
The first stage of the masterplan includes the revitalization of Brickmakers Creek and the development of a new aquatic and leisure centre adjacent to the creek. The indoor and outdoor pools will be integrated into the landscape setting to create a unique nature play space. It will also include indoor and outdoor slides and a flying fox from the centre of the building to the creek and picnicking and gathering spaces. The masterplan states that the existing Whitlam Leisure Centre will be “decommissioned once the new leisure centre is operating.”
Further stages of the masterplan include the creation of a multi-purpose community space that will primarily serve as a market hall. A multi-storey carpark will be located above the community space and a forecourt will host events such as music and live performances. An overpass across Hume Highway will connect Woodward Place to Liverpool city centre.
The council is seeking community feedback on the masterplan as well as funding from the state government.
Source: Architecture - architectureau