Why has the Concept Plan been developed?
Ray Owen Reserve is one of the City’s premier reserves, catering to a wide variety of sports and clubs including basketball, netball, football, cricket, soccer and BMX. The Reserve also houses Lesmurdie Hall, which offers space for classes including dance, karate, yoga, fellowship groups and community learning.
At peak activity, there is significant need for overflow parking which occurs in adjacent vegetated areas and roads which is problematic from a safety, amenity and environmental perspective.
This was highlighted during development of the Reserve’s Master Plan, which recommended parking and access be considered as the Master Plan upgrades come to fruition.
The City of Kalamunda has developed a Concept Plan for the community’s consideration to improve parking and access at Ray Owen Reserve in Lesmurdie.
The Concept Plan caters to a wide variety of needs including kiss-n-drive areas, car-parking bays, trailer and van parking bays, emergency vehicle zones, bus parking and drop-offs and disability bays.
Approximately 550 vehicle spaces are catered for in the Concept Plan with capacity to add more in later stages of construction. This is 150 more than what is currently available.
What would the process of implementing the Concept Plan look like?
The Concept Plan is currently in draft form. The process of seeing the Concept Plan being built would be as follows:
· Community consultation on draft Concept Plan (underway)
· Assessment of community feedback on draft Concept Plan
· Review and amendment of Concept Plan as necessary, based on community feedback
· Plan presented to Council for consideration
· If endorsed by Council, budget to be sourced
· Works to go to tender
· Contract award
· Project delivery (staged approach)
The Concept Plan has been designed to fit around proposed upgrades to surrounding facilities and buildings and therefore the final car park design may be subject to change as these come to fruition.
Why does the Concept Plan include four stages?
· To minimise access and parking impacts on user groups during construction
· To deliver upgrades in accordance with the expected stages of growth in formalised sporting activity at the Reserve
· To deliver the priority resources within the available budget
What are the four stages of the Concept Plan?
Stage 1 (222 bays, 7 disabled bays, 5 drop off spaces):
· Upgrade and expansion of the existing formalised parking east of the Ray Owen Sports Centre
· Construction of a turnaround area, including emergency vehicle zone and kiss-n-ride facility which can accommodate up to five cars for drop off/pick up arrangement
Stage 2 (129 bays, 7 disabled bays, 4 bus bays, 5 drop off spaces):
· Upgrade and expansion of the existing formalised parking west of the Ray Owen Sports Centre (north of the car park entry)
· Removal of the existing traffic blister island located on Gladys Road
· Construction of new roundabout entry/exit to the Reserve at Gladys Road, which can accommodate five cars for drop off/pick up arrangements
· Construction of a link road between parking areas either side of the Ray Owen Centre
Stage 3 (154 bays, 6 disabled bays, 8 car/van/trailer bays, 4 bus bays):
· Upgrade and expansion of the existing formalised parking to the west of the Ray Owen Sports Centre (south of the car park entry)
· Closure of Grove Road entry/exit
· Construction of new roundabout at the Sanderson Road/Gilroy Way intersection
· Upgrade of internal road connecting to parking area east of the Ray Owen Sports Centre, including four bus bays
Stage 4 (TBC):
· Car parking expansion subject to outcome of proposed sports oval expansion plans which are in development stage
What is the estimated cost of delivering the upgrades in the Concept Plan?
The estimated cost of design and construction of the upgrades is $3.157 million.
The City of Kalamunda is working with Growth Areas Perth and Peel (GAPP) to advocate for a federal funding model to help deliver local sports facilities to their local communities by 2025.
GAPP is a group of 11 outer metropolitan Perth councils who advocate for public open space and much needed local sporting facilities. The City of Kalamunda is requesting $9 million in funding from the Federal Government to assist in the delivery of the Ray Owen Master Plan.
What is the estimated time frame of delivering the upgrades in the Concept Plan?
Following community engagement, should the Concept Plan be endorsed by Council, the City would need to secure funding for the proposed upgrades. As such, delivery would be subject to budget allocation.
Whilst an exact time frame cannot be provided, the City has placed the Ray Owen upgrade project as its highest advance priority. The City is seeking to offset municipal funding impacts through ongoing lobbying for State and Federal funding contributions.
How can I share my feedback on the Concept Plan?
Everyone is welcome to share their feedback on the Concept Plan. You can do so in the following ways:
- Complete the online survey at engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au
- Complete a hard copy survey (available for pick up and return at City libraries and 2 Railway Road, Kalamunda)
- Write a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to City of Kalamunda, PO Box 42, WA 6926