November - December 2022
Sportsfield lighting upgrade: works complete
3x3 Basketball Court: works complete
- Following the sink hole, rehabilitation is scheduled to commence in January. There'll be new turf and lights
Works to install new poles and energy efficient LED lighting begin Monday, 24 October at Blackman Park. You may notice Council contractors wearing hazmat suits with respirators. This safety gear is Australian standard when drilling holes for the light poles, in case contaminants are found in the soil. Our contractors will also have an air monitor in place. It’s been assessed as low risk, however, the suits and monitoring are in place, just in case.
Here’s how the works could impact you:
Runners / dog walkers:
You’re free to use the oval when it’s not booked by sporting clubs, however, some areas will be roped off. Look for signage and follow the direction of staff if you’re asked to avoid an area. Keep your dog on a lead so they don’t interrupt works.
If you’ve book the space for training or games, you can still continue to use the oval. Part of the oval will be roped off around the work space where the poles are being installed, but this will be small sections. We’re keeping this work space to a minimum to reduce the impact on sports clubs. The roped off areas will move as the work to install poles progresses.
After the oval lights are installed, we’ll start work on the dog park refurbishment, which also includes new lighting. We aim to have this finished by the end of the year – weather permitting!
The skate park area of Blackman Park will be extended. This is in the early planning stages, with two community workshops held in October to inform the planning and design.
The reconstruction of the stormwater pit is now complete however there's still work to be done before everything is back to normal.
Now that the pit is complete, we can start to restore connections and finish remedial works - weather permitting.
For dog owners looking to make use of the dog park, please note that there are two sections to the dog park. One section has temporary fencing in place which doesn't run all the way to the ground and so is not suitable for smaller dogs. If you do visit the dog park area, please take note of the on-site signage to make sure you and your pets are safe while we work to finalise the site.
It is expected to be some time before turf is able to be laid and bring the area back to its earlier condition - the most recent wet weather has further compounded our earlier reports that turf supply has been impacted by the floods.
20 May 2022
Currently the pit has been installed all the way up to the ground level and back filled. Shoring boxes have been removed.
6 May 2022
The repairs to the stormwater line at the bottom of the hole at Blackman Park have now been completed and our contractor is reconstructing the stormwater pit and working their way out of the hole.
We anticipate the works around the hole to be completed within the next four weeks subject to wet weather.
Once works are complete, the cricket nets and basketball court will be reopened – these were closed due to safety concerns including people retrieving balls from the works zone.
Unfortunately due to the flood conditions experienced in the Hawkesbury region there is no turf available in NSW until Spring which means that while the Dog Park will be reopened, it will be unable to be returfed until Spring.