In 2011 a future plan for the Parks Community Centre was prepared with the vision of changing the Centre from a ‘welfare centre’ to a ‘community hub’.
The Parks Community Centre Plan recommended the inclusion of a recreation and sports hub, a children’s centre, a health centre, a library and community centre, together with residential and retail options. It also recommended approximately 4.85 hectares of the north western part of the site be rezoned for residential development and that the south western part of the site should accommodate a range of uses including local shops
Tract Consultants, in collaboration with Grieve Gillet Anderson were engaged by DPTI to undertake the master planning, detailed design and documentation of the Parks Community Centre redevelopment to achieve the masterplan objectives.
Tract worked with the various state and local government stakeholders to understand the range of objectives for the site and to consolidate these into a master plan and detailed design for the town centre. The design team worked with the builder post novation to achieve the project vision within time and budgetary constraints.
Tract's approach to the design was to maintain and enhance the impressive mature eucalypt trees and weave contemporary landscape interventions through existing features, creating a series of linked parklands building on the existing character of the site whilst providing new facilities and amenity for users.
The detailed design and construction of the town centre involved the development of a central plaza space, playground, residential and commercial streetscapes, reconstruction of the existing car park and a new competition grade soccer pitch.