On the 23rd of March 2017, Wollongong City council released plans to make upgrades to Pop Errington Park, located on the corner of Florence street and Steel Street in Towradgi.
The renovations are set to go ahead in the 2017/2018 financial year, and will include ‘the construction of a new amenities block, renewal of the footpath, addition of an accessible parking space in the car park and an upgrade to the playground’ according to the release on Have Your Say Wollongong. The proposed work consists of demolishing the old amenities block and laying down new turf in replacement. The new amenities block will be relocated closer to the playground and the car park for better access, and will be unisex, wheelchair accessible and include a baby change table.
“The upgrades [to Pop Errington Park] will definitely benefit the Towradgi-Fairy Meadow community, and the families in the area who use the park regularly,” says council worker Mark Brown in regards to the plans, “we hope that it will encourage more people in the area to use the new facilities and take advantage of the space.”
Currently at Pop Errington Park, the limited facilities include only a men’s amenities, an old play equipment, and recently installed park benches and barbecue area.
(Source: Madeleine Baker)
The fully detailed plan, which can be accessed here, indicates signs of footpath replacement, new road signage and car barriers to increase safety, a new bin with doggie bag dispenser, new turf, new tree planting, a water refill station, new benches and a new amenities block. During the construction of the new facilities, the existing toilet facility and a portable public toilet will be available for use.
“I think the upgrade will be fantastic, and may put more life into the park,” says local mother Maria Anderson, who often likes to bring her children and dogs to Pop Errington park to play.
“The park has barely changed at all in the 16 years I have lived in the area, so it will be nice to finally see some change,” she says.
Wollongong City Council are encouraging the community to provide feedback and share thoughts on the proposed design. A feedback form is available from the Customer Service Centre and Wollongong and Corrimal Libraries, or go online to Have Your Say Wollongong, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 4227 7111.