Pittwater’s Warriewood Development held up as a case study

full-4The development at Warriewood and the saving of the wetland area is a world-class example of how to use open-spaces, encourage active living and manage storm-water.

This accolade comes from the NSW Government Premier’s Council for Active Living:

The Warriewood Valley development encourages and enables active living in a number of ways. It is a good example of how a number of the design considerations set out in the ‘Open space’ section of Designing Places for Active Living can be put into practice. These include:

The planned large district park will be located on the creek near the western boundary of the site, and will be surrounded by medium density housing (i.e. approx 25 dwellings per hectare). This means this large area of open space will be easily and immediately accessible to many residents.

Three smaller neighbourhood parks are located in other parts of the development, with others planned as development proceeds. All these parks will be within safe, comfortable walking distance from dwellings, and will feature high quality landscaping, children’s play equipment, seating and shade.

The district park is also adjacent to the proposed neighbourhood centre and retail facilities located at the intersection of Garden and Macpherson Streets, which is a key local destination.

In addition to the provision of parkland open space, a key feature of the site is the network of multi-functional living ‘creekline corridors that are being provided on Narrabeen Creek, Fern Creek and Mullet Creek. The multi-use accessways utilise the creeklines and linear open space land corridors to form a comprehensive pedestrian and cycle network throughout the Warriewood Valley. As well as serving multiple environmental purposes, these creekline corridors will provide direct and convenient cyclist and pedestrian access to a range of destinations within and outside the release area. They will also link the development to significant surrounding areas of natural open space, such as the WarriewPittwater Foreverood escarpment, Warriewood Wetlands and Narrabeen Lagoon.

These paths will encourage active living not just by providing access to various local facilities but also by enabling people to access and enjoy the natural areas close to their homes. Residents and visitors can experience and learn about Pittwater’s natural diverse vegetation of coastal dunes, wetlands, swamp forest, eucalypt and angophora forest and headlands.

The linear open space provided by the multi-use creekline corridor paths will enable people to walk or cycle rather than drive to facilities and destinations within their local neighbourhood. The walking and cycling paths have been built to link local facilities, including playgrounds and sporting grounds, residential and industrial sectors, local schools (Mater Maria, Narrabeen Sports High and North Narrabeen Primary), and nearby shops including Warriewood Centro. The creek corridors are accompanied by a variety of access infrastructure that provides connectivity for the entire release area. Access infrastructure to be provided includes four road bridges/culverts, and twelve pedestrian/cycleway bridges.

Pedestrian/cycling links from the Warriewood Valley development area are provided across Jacksons Road, Warriewood Road, Macpherson Street and Garden Street to the established residential areas and schools.

Paths run the lengths of Garden Street and Warriewood Road, along Pittwater Road between Jacksons Road and Warriewood Road, and are proposed for Macpherson Street, linking the Valley to Narrabeen Lagoon and North Narrabeen, to the Warriewood Cinema, the Pittwater Rugby Park and its ‘park and ride’ facilities.

Boardwalks run from various areas in the Valley through Warriewood Wetlands, providing access to shops at Centro Warriewood and also along Mullet Creek to the waterfall and coastal escarpment area via Irrawong Road. The boardwalks are part of a network of paths being developed. A proposed fire trail along the lower slopes of the escarpment to the west of Warriewood Valley will provide additional access and recreational opportunities.

  • Encourage active recreation through the provision of a range of well-designed facilities such as children’s play equipment, basketball rings, cricket practice nets, netball courts and tennis courts.

The three neighbourhood parks provide children’s play equipment, seating and shade structures, encouraging parents and carers to access these facilities with their children.

The creekline walking/cycle path along Narrabeen Creek provides direct access to the existing range of sporting facilities at Jacksons Road. These include soccer fields and the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre, which has multi-purpose courts with facilities for netball, basketball, indoor soccer and volleyball. Also located on Jacksons Road is thPittwater Forever Warriewood developmente Senior Citizens’ centre which provides a range of active recreation opportunities for older people (such as tai chi, pilates and dance classes). The planned district park will provide additional sporting and active recreational opportunities.

As well as providing access to a range of destinations within and outside the valley, the  multi-use paths along the creek corridors provide an attractive form of recreation in their own right. The pathways are set in attractive open space corridors and parks with high landscape and environmental value. Their construction is of high quality and they are well lit with vandal-resistant solar lighting.

The neighbourhood parks provide attractive and pleasant places for people to gather. They include high-quality street furniture, seating, solar lighting and shade structures, and are pleasant places for parents and carers to meet, sit and talk while children play.

The design and sitting of dwellings adjoining the walking and cycling paths is planned to help maintain the safety and personal security of people using the path by permitting casual surveillance of the corridors. Dwellings will front onto creekline corridors to incorporate these spaces into the living environment and facilitate surveillance, and also to prevent isolation and degradation. Shelters, bridges and recreational opportunities besides playground areas will feature strongly. Paths and parks are lit with solar lighting. High quality seating and other street furniture is provided at appropriate locations. Drought-resistant shade trees will be among the 12,000 trees that will eventually be planted on this site.

  • Cluster compatible land uses within or at the edge of parks or open space corridors, such as cafes and restaurants, child care centres and indoor leisure/sports centres. This will help reduce the land required for parking and improve accessibility.

The district park is adjacent to the proposed neighbourhood centre and retail facilities located at the intersection of Garden and Macpherson Streets, which will help reduce the land required for parking and improve accessibility. Garden and Macpherson Streets, are also used as a local bus route, meaning that the district park is easily accessible by public transport.

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