Rathmines Park

    Rathmines Park

    Rathmines Park is an area with significant local and national historical value, recognised by its inclusion on the NSW State Heritage Register. The Rathmines RAAF seaplane base played a pivotal role in the defence of Australia in World War II. It was the largest seaplane base in the Southern Hemisphere and was the longest serving during the war effort.

    Due to its history and probably because of it, Rathmines Park remains a unique site of public space on the lake foreshore. It is valued for not only its heritage, but also its community and recreational features and experiences.

    What is a Master Plan?

    A Master Plan is a long-term high-level plan intended to provide guidance for Council and the community on how to manage development and change over time.

    What is a Plan of Management

    The Local Government Act (1993) requires Councils to prepare Plans of Management (POM) for all land classified as community land. All public land is required to be classified as either 'community land' or 'operational land'. The Local Government Act allows for one or more areas of community land to be covered by a single POM. Some parcels such as Rathmines are covered by a specific POM due to its significance.

    What is proposed for the playground improvements?

    As part of the adopted Master Plan an upgrade to the current children’s playground area is planned. This area encompasses the current playground area, adjoining picnic area and two concrete pads.

    The Toronto Catchment contributions Plan includes funding for outdoor fitness equipment and an upgraded playground.   

    A grant under the NSW Government's Everyone Can Play program has also been awarded and this will enable the delivery of additional inclusive play elements, shelters and pathways. 

    What are the proposed features for the playground area

    • Accessible amenities -  building of new accessible modular toilet 
    • Fitness equipment station
    • Natural/ exploratory play area 
    • Adventure play area - incorporating large climbing structure interpreting the Catalina plane form
    • Learn to ride area - on existing historic aircraft stores concrete pad – Catalina theme.  Include footprint of former building
    • Retention of existing play area
    • Priority pathways - linking the car park to the playground, picnic facilities, amenities, fitness equipment and the broader path network

    How can we provide feedback on fitness equipment?

    The Toronto Catchment Contributions Plan includes funding for an upgraded skate facility and BMX/pump track.  A grant has also been awarded under the NSW Government's Resources for Regions program and this will enable the delivery of additional elements in accordance with the adopted Rathmines Park Master Plan.

    To assist in developing a concept plan for exercise stations we are asking questions in the survey such as how you like to use exercise equipment and the type of equipment you would like to see.

    How can I provide feedback on the youth hub

    To assist us in developing a concept plan for the youth hub, we are wanting to hear from you on the type of skate / BMX pump facility you would like to see in the current skate park area.