The NSW Government Architect has provided recommendations to revitalise Gosford’s city centre, with Kibble Park as the “civic heart” of the city.
The recommendations for Kibble Park and the surrounding area include:
- an iconic "green room" – creating respite for a growing city at Kibble Park by planting a frame and corridor of trees
- activity to the edges – relocating activity to the edges of the park, so people can enjoy the open spaces
- great civic spaces – re-purposing the library as a public building and creating a civic plaza that is connected to Mann Street will enable flexible spaces for day and night events
- active street frontages – integrating a café within the park, as well as protecting and promoting nearby retail businesses
- reduce the dominance of cars – retaining vehicle access but with reduced road widths
- ensure sunlight access to the park – minimising overshadowing of the park from surrounding developments
Two more reports to be released in the coming weeks will focus on complementing the corridor between Gosford Hospital to the train station in the north and the Waterfront precinct in the south.
Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said enhancing Kibble Park and its surrounds is critical to improving the city’s connectivity and drawing people back into a desirable, attractive and functional city centre.
“I am confident that the efforts and plans of the NSW Government will enhance Gosford, making it a most desirable place to live, work and visit,” Mr Roberts said.
Have your say
The Government Architect is seeking feedback on its recommendations for the revitalisation of Gosford City Centre.
Submissions close on 18 June 2018.