Centennial Park, Bathurst: Community consultation day

WITH Centennial Park’s future in question, the community has been invited to a consultation day this Sunday to have their say.

Earlier this year, council called for a scoping study to determine the “future uses” of the park, with former mayor Gary Rush refusing to rule out buildings being constructed on the site.

Architectural firm Integrated Design Group (IDG) was awarded the contract by council to conduct the study.

The first step was to launch an online public survey to gauge the community’s thoughts.

The survey closed on Monday, and IDG general manager Brenton Jones said almost 400 people had taken part.

“Our target was 375, so we hit that,” he said.

To further gauge the community’s feedback on what they would like to see happen with the park, IDG have organised a two-hour consultation session at Centennial Park.

FLASHBACK: Bathurst Public School students on an excursion to Centennial Park to see Ashton’s Circus, circa 1973.

FLASHBACK: Bathurst Public School students on an excursion to Centennial Park to see Ashton’s Circus, circa 1973.

Named A Day in the Park, it will be held this Sunday, May 21 from 1-3pm, with the entire community invited along to have a say.

A marquee will be set up next to the park’s playground equipment and it will feature a host of interactive elements to allow people to get involved.

There will be a 1:200 scale of Centennial Park, a mood board and a story board.

“There will be information on its resources – natural, community, recreational and educational – and we’ll explore these potentials,” Mr Jones said.

“There will be a site analysis and we’ll look at the overall site and show it’s potential as data.”

People have gathered in Centennial Park for more than 170 years. Photo: FRIENDS OF CENTENNIAL PARK

People have gathered in Centennial Park for more than 170 years. Photo: FRIENDS OF CENTENNIAL PARK

The Friends of Centennial Park group will also have a stand with information as they continue their push to urge council to keep the area as an open space.

Mr Jones said while many people in the immediate vicinity of the park had contributed to the consultation process, he would like to see people from the entire Bathurst community attend on Sunday.

“There’s still plenty of time to get involved and Sunday will possibly be the best time to get involved with us,” he said.

“You’ll actually get to speak to the architects.”

A free sausage sandwich will be on offer to all who attend.

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