This is how Storey Park will look, the new look Asquith development which will transform a tired, outdated facility area into a vibrant community hub.
Central to the facilities of the $7.2m project is a state-of-the-art building with multipurpose rooms for a range of activities, park facilities with a bike path, plenty of shade and seating and barbecue and picnic areas. There will also be an inclusive play environment with an adventure area allowing people of all age groups and abilities to play together with, it’s hoped, outdoor ping pong and chess – all set in newly landscaped grounds.
Now awaiting Development Application approval from Hornsby Council – expected early 2017, the development in Lodge Street, Asquith is due to take 18 months to complete once approved.
“This is a very exciting project that Council has been pursuing for a long time and we’re thrilled to see it come to fruition,” Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Russell said. “The current centre is ugly and well and truly out of date. We’re going to replace it with a facility that will serve current and future generations.”
Cllr Nathan Tilbury who’s worked hard to bring about the DA, said: “The multipurpose modern community facility, an important piece of infrastructure for the Asquith community, follows through on the important commitment I made to the Asquith community when Council sold the ageing community assets in Lords Avenue last year.”
The new Storey Park precinct will include both a toddler’s park and play area as well as an adventure park for older kids, making the space a popular destination for a wide range of families. There will also be plenty for the youth and adults of the area to make it an enjoyable space for everyone in the community.
There’s no cafe in the current DA, though one is expected to be added in later, provided the right operator is found to run the business and Council agrees to pay the $300,000 for the build.
Cllr Tilbury added: “I’m pleased that Council is now working towards the best way to include the controversial 115 sq m cafe at Storey Park. This will be done through the release of an expression of interest document to attract potential operators.
“Going on the genuine interest I’ve received in the site, from experienced local people in the hospitality industry, I’m very confident we will secure someone who will be the right fit. A large cafe will be a wonderful addition as it will complement the new Storey Park precinct perfectly.”