Council announces staging of Umina oval upgrades
The staging of construction work around Umina oval has been released by Central Coast Council.
In doing so, the Council has renamed the area the Peninsula Recreation and Active Lifestyle Precinct, perhaps the longest name of any community facility on the Peninsula ... and one that won't fit in any newspaper heading.
It rivals the Ettalong 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre, once known as the "Senior Cits" and the Woy Woy Waste Management Facility, once known by a three-letter word, the "tip", but now abbreviated to a three-letter acronym, the WMF.
The project will be delivered in five stages over the next three years.
Stage 1 will be upgrades to the Umina tennis facilities, including the building's roof replacement, and installation of a new synthetic surface for court five to create a dedicated futsal court.
Work started in March but has been interrupted by the wet weather and will continue as weather allows.
"These works were originally scheduled to commence February.
"However asbestos was found in the building and required updated scope of works to be planned and undertaken to safely remove and dispose of the hazardous material," said general manager Mr David Farmer.
Stage 2 will include an upgrade to the access road from Sydney Ave to Ocean Beach Caravan park.
The car parking area on the road will be increased with 50 more spaces.
A concrete footpath will connect the caravan park to the playground.
It will also include lit pedestrian crossings and kerb, guttering and drainage.
"Council has completed geotechnical investigations along with a pavement design and concept design plans.
"However, it is looking to extend the scope of planned works to include below ground stormwater drainage infrastructure, and kerb and guttering so there is better outcomes for the community and visitors and less risk of flooding and damage to the road," said Mr Farmer
"In addition, the updated scope of works is to include the construction of street lighting at new pedestrian crossings."
The extra work is expected to be funded from Council rate revenue.
Work on the western side of Sydney Ave adjacent to the skatepark was originally scheduled for February but is now expected to start in May or June 2022, with the rest of this stage being completed over the following 12 months.
Stage 3 will be new clubrooms for the local rugby league, cricket and soccer clubs.
New Melbourne Ave amenities will incorporate unisex, ambulant and accessible toilets, two changing rooms, one canteen and store, two storage rooms and a clubroom.
The new building at Etta Rd will have toilets, four changing rooms, one referee room, canteen and store, storage room, and a clubroom.
Stage 4 will see the construction of the skate park and BMX pump track and include a new outdoor obstacle course.
The installation will include park furniture, shelters, water refill station, footpaths and landscaping.
The final stage will be the reconstruction of the three cricket practice nets.
"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," said Mr Farmer.
"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," he said.
Website, 13 Apr 2022
David Farmer, Central Coast Council