Peninsula Recreation and Active Lifestyle Precinct upgrade project

Council is redeveloping several areas within the Peninsula Recreation and Active Lifestyle Precinct (formerly known as Umina Recreation Area) to provide functional, accessible, and engaging sporting and recreation infrastructure for the benefit of the community.

The Peninsula community has strongly supported plans for Council to further enhance Umina’s sporting and recreation precinct and this goal is becoming a reality.

Funding from the Australian Government for $8,250,000 under the Community Development Grant program is enabling Council to deliver revitalised sports and recreation infrastructure based on the community’s vision and needs.

Project stages

This multi-year project will be delivered in five stages. Stage one works commenced early 2022, with the subsequent stages progressing throughout 2022 to 2024.

Stage 1 – Umina tennis facility upgrades

  • Works include replacement of the building’s roof, and installation of a new synthetic surface for court five to create a dedicated futsal court.the building’s roof replacement, and installation of a new synthetic surface for court five to create a dedicated futsal court.

Umina tennis facility

Stage 2 – Sydney Ave, parking and pathways

Works include:

  1. Construction of a new shared path on the western side of Sydney Avenue (adjacent to the proposed skatepark)
  2. Provision of two new accessible car spaces within existing on street parking (Sydney Ave, adjoining recreational area
  3. Formalising the existing car parking which is located alongside beach access points near the caravan park (with around 50 additional spaces, including accessible car spaces). Plus, construction of a formalised concrete pedestrian pathway (connecting the new formalised car park to the caravan park and recreational precinct)

In addition, Council is investigating additional funding options to extend the scope of planned works to include resurfacing of the access road from Sydney Avenue to Ocean Beach Caravan Park, and to install below ground stormwater drainage infrastructure, kerb and guttering. This would provide better outcomes for the community and visitors and less risk of flooding and damage to the road. The construction of a new pedestrian crossings and street lighting is also being considered.

carpark next to park

Stage 3 – Construction of two upgraded sportsground amenities buildings at, Umina sportsground (Etta Road and Melbourne Ave).

  • Two upgraded sportsground amenities buildings will be constructed at Umina sportsground (Etta Road and Melbourne Ave).
  • This includes the demolition of the existing aged amenities buildings and the construction of two significantly improved and accessible facilities for the benefit of the local rugby league, cricket and soccer groups that use these popular sports fields. The new Melbourne Ave amenities incorporates unisex, ambulant and accessible toilets, two changerooms, one canteen and store, two storage rooms and one clubroom. The new amenities building at Etta Road also incorporates unisex, ambulant and accessible toilets, plus four changerooms, one referee room, canteen and store, storage room, and clubroom. Each site will also have utility service upgrades and new accessible pathways so everyone can participate.

Umina sports building Melbourne Ave
Umina sports amenities
Umina sports amenities Etta Rd

Stage 4 – skate park, BMX pump track, outdoor obstacle course

  • The existing skate park and BMX track will be demolished to make way for a new custom built-for-purpose regional sized skate park facility and BMX pump track for a broad range of active wheel sports for all ages and abilities.
  • Works also include the installation of obstacle course equipment to create an engaging outdoor fitness course. Installation of new recreational infrastructure including park furniture, shelters, water refill station, connective pathways and landscaping.
  • Engagement with the community has been at the forefront of stage 4 projects, with feedback from community consultation in 2018-19 being used for planning and design.

Umina skate park

Stage 5 – Cricket practice nets

  • Demolition and reconstruction of the three cricket practice nets in a new location.

Sports oval with cricket nets, Tennis courts, sports amenities in background at Umina

This milestone follows a shared journey between Council, local community sporting groups, Umina Community Group, the hundreds of engaged residents that participated in previous community consultation, and the Federal Government.

This project is funded by the Australian Government with $8,250,000 from the Community Development Grants Programme and Central Coast Council, with a contribution from Umina Community Group.

Council is passionate about providing safe and engaging outdoor spaces for our community to promote healthy and active lifestyles and to help create connected communities. These upgrades will enhance and complement the existing regional playspace and quality sports fields – which are already popular with locals and visitors to our region.

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