Phase 1: Creating a Design Brief | July – August 2022
In July and August 2022, we embarked on a ‘visioning’ consultation with the community, including First Nations stakeholders, to help inform the design brief for the park that reflected community needs, priorities and aspirations.
The community wanted a distinct identity for Bank Street Park, that built on the recreation offerings in the nearby area.
From the Phase 1 consultation, we heard the following community priorities:
Connection to Country and First Nations
A welcoming and accessible park that caters to different users and activities
Quality amenities to support park users
Consideration of the needs of boating users and water sports
Mixed views around the future of buildings at 1-3 Bank Street
A green place of respite
Connection to the water and enhanced views
A distinct identity for the park
Photo Library | Phase 1 pop-up information session
Bank Street Park gallery – Early engagement – Community pop up
Phase 2: Verifying community priorities in three design concepts | February – March 2023
Based on community feedback from Phase 1, three design concepts were developed for further community consultation. These considered community priorities, site constraints, identified local infrastructure needs and the need to provide a space that can be enjoyed by all.
Each of the concepts comprised the same park activities, in different locations. It was anticipated the preferred design would incorporate elements from all three.
Consultation feedback resulted in the following key considerations for the preferred design concept:
Design Concept 3 was the framework/inspiration for the final design to best address community priorities.
Almost two-thirds of survey participants preferred a new purpose-built community facility as shown in Concept 3, and this was also heard at drop-in sessions. Some community members valued the existing buildings and wanted to see them adaptively reused.
Preference for a natural play space theme, with climbing elements.
Include places for young people to gather in groups, and interesting lighting for night-time use. Other ideas included wireless phone chargers, in-ground trampolines, and curved seating.
Storage for dragon boats close to the ramp, designed to avoid conflicts between promenade users and boat users. Survey respondents who identified as a ‘member of a recreation boat club’, preferred Concept 1, where boat storage was close to the ramp.
Additional design considerations included providing increased seating, BBQs, increased parking, additional tree canopy cover, information or interpretation about the history of Pyrmont.
Photo Library | Phase 2 engagement activities
Bank Street Park gallery – Early engagement – Primary school