Mays Hill Precinct Master Plan FAQs
Who owns and manages the Mays Hill Precinct land?
The Precinct is part of Parramatta Park and is owned and managed by the Parramatta Park Trust.
Why is a Master Plan being prepared for the Mays Hill Precinct?
Three quarters of the Precinct was used as a golf course from 1957 to 2015 which limited public access and use. The remainder of the Precinct is grassed areas used as sporting fields by local schools and sporting groups. Currently there are limited pedestrian routes and no recreational facilities and amenities in the Precinct such as picnic areas, playgrounds and toilets.
With the closure of the golf course in 2015, there is now an opportunity to provide for a diverse range of recreation and leisure activities in the Precinct to complement the wider Parramatta Park.
The Parramatta Park Trust, with a team of consultants, will prepare the Master Plan for the Precinct.
Will the new City of Parramatta aquatic facility be located within the Mays Hill Precinct?
In June 2016 the NSW Government announced the Mays Hill Precinct as the preferred location for a new aquatic facility to replace the Parramatta Swimming Centre. The Parramatta Swimming Centre closed at the end of March 2017 to facilitate the construction of the Government’s new Western Sydney Stadium. In March 2017, the NSW Government announced a commitment to contribute $30 million to the new aquatic facility at Mays Hill.
The City of Parramatta Council undertook a draft site suitability assessment in late 2016 which identified two potential site options within the Mays Hill Precinct. The City of Parramatta Council is currently undertaking detailed planning and community consultation for the new aquatic facility and will work closely with the Parramatta Park Trust to ensure the best outcome for the Precinct and future community users.
Council planning includes development options, financial analysis and identifying the community’s current and future needs – all of which will influence the selection of an appropriate site for the aquatic facility.
The final site suitability assessment will form part of the Parramatta Part Trust’s Mays Hill Master Plan and City of Parramatta will work closely with the Trust to ensure the best outcome for the Precinct and future community users.
Where will the aquatic centre be located at Mays Hill?
Within the Mays Hill Precinct, two potential sites were identified in the site suitability study undertaken by City of Parramatta.
These sites were:
- The corner of Park Parade and Pitt Street (north of Jubilee Avenue walkway).
- The current Parramatta High School oval site (adjacent Pitt Street).
Both of the sites provide similar proximity and access to the Parramatta CBD, nearby residents and public transport options. However, the oval site would require relocation of a sports field for Parramatta High School.
During our consultation earlier this year, we asked the community to tell us which location is preferred. After considering community views, and conducting further site investigations, we can confirm that the preferred site is the corner of Park Parade and Pitt Street (north of Jubilee Avenue Walkway).
This site is indicated on the concept Master Plan. View artist renders of how Mays Hill Precinct could look.
What is the process for planning of the new aquatic facility and how can I get involved?
The City of Parramatta Council will be conducting community consultation as part of their design process around the new aquatic facility.
To contact Council and register to receive updates on planning for a new facility, including opportunities to participate in community consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 617 058.
What will the future Mays Hill Precinct look like?
The community told us that the Precinct should provide for a diverse range of recreation and leisure facilities and activities, retention and enhancement of the natural landscape qualities of the Precinct, improved cycling and walking paths, and a space which is safe and accessible for all.
Our architect and consultant team has prepared a concept of what May Hill could look like. View artist renders of how Mays Hill Precinct could look
In developing the Master Plan, consideration has been given to the unique features of the Precinct, such as its natural and heritage characteristics, and increased diversity of recreation and leisure facilities and activities.
Will the amount of open space in Parramatta Park be reduced?
No. Mays Hill Precinct was previously used as a golf course so it was largely closed off to the wider community. This space will be transformed to allow it to be used by a greater cross section of the community. This is important because the residential and working Parramatta population is expected to increase substantially over the coming years, putting pressure on existing recreation facilities and open spaces. Mays Hill Precinct is perfectly located to cater to existing and new communities.
The Parramatta Park Trust will ensure that there is no overall loss of public open space in Parramatta Park as a result of the new Western Sydney Stadium and the pool relocation.
What will happen to the memorial walk and plaque for Mrs Prabha Kumar?
The walk and plaque that was erected in Mrs Prabha Kumar’s memory will be incorporated into the Master Plan to ensure that it remains protected for the future and to honour her memory.
When will the Master Plan be completed and implemented?
The Master Plan is expected to be completed by September 2017. Parramatta Park Trust will then determine how best to stage delivery of the works over the coming years, and seek NSW Government funding.
Will the Master Plan for the Precinct be delivered all at once?
Works will be delivered as funding becomes available from the NSW Government in line with priorities determined by the Master Plan process.
How can I get involved?
Broad community consultation is crucial to the successful planning of the Precinct and we encourage you to get involved. There will be opportunities to meet the design team in the Park or provide your comments by phone or email. Our newsletters will keep you informed about when and where you can have your say.
For enquires, or to sign up for our newsletter, call our consultation team on 9232 9500 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or email email@example.com and we will respond to you.