Allen Park Master Plan

Are you a user of the Allen Park Precinct, or do you have an interest or interested in the future of the Precinct? If so, the City invites you to participate in the community engagement activities to plan for its future. Your feedback will help shape its future.

The Allen Park Precinct is an important asset for the community. In recognition, the City is embarking on a master plan for the precinct to provide a framework for any future development. It will consider existing conservation efforts and the heritage of the area, matched with the park’s links to nearby beaches and its regional role as a central sporting facility in the western suburbs. The process will investigate the optimal mix of various sports at the reserve, along with the established environmental area, while balancing access to the community for casual and passive recreation purposes.

Consultancy company, ABV Leisure Consultancy has been appointed by the City to prepare the master plan including the community engagement activities.

The project is in the very early stages and the local community and key stakeholders will be consulted, engaged and informed at every step of the way. Information will be published here as the project develops to keep the community informed and involved. To keep updated, check out this page regularly as the page will continue to develop and provide new information as the project progresses.

Master Plan Process

The City and the Consultant team will undertake a number of processes in the master plan development:

  • Consult with identified key stakeholders to identify uses, issues and needs, now and into the future
  • Engage with the community about what is important to them
  • Undertake a detailed analysis of the demographic profile and projections
  • Undertake a site analysis to identifying constraints, existing vegetation and other features
  • Review of surrounding neighbourhoods and consult with government agencies
  • Undertake a benchmark analysis and identify opportunities
  • Undertake an environmental and heritage analysis
  • Analyse current parking and traffic issues and ensure these are considered in any future plans.

All of that information will be assessed and considered in developing the draft master plan. The draft plan will then be available for community input and feedback before the final plan is developed.

Please note, all information placed on this engagement page will be referred to the Consultants.

How can you be involved, find out more or provide feedback?

You can participate in this project by registering (tab at the top of this page), reading the information in the document library and the FAQs, and/or;

Community Stakeholder Groups and Sporting Groups:

  • Community stakeholder groups will be interviewed by the Consultant team
  • Sporting groups to assist by completing a user survey along with meeting with the Consultant Team.

Following the draft master plan development, the plan will be available for comment on this engagement page along with the opportunity to provide feedback at a further community drop in session planned for October 2017.

Project updates

Updates will be provided via the News Feed on this page. Information being provided will change from time to time along with key dates as the project progresses. To keep up-to-date please view the information by:

  • Reading the reports in the document library
  • Reading the FAQs
  • Checking out the key dates
  • Reading our updates in the News Feed

Are you a user of the Allen Park Precinct, or do you have an interest or interested in the future of the Precinct? If so, the City invites you to participate in the community engagement activities to plan for its future. Your feedback will help shape its future.

The Allen Park Precinct is an important asset for the community. In recognition, the City is embarking on a master plan for the precinct to provide a framework for any future development. It will consider existing conservation efforts and the heritage of the area, matched with the park’s links to nearby beaches and its regional role as a central sporting facility in the western suburbs. The process will investigate the optimal mix of various sports at the reserve, along with the established environmental area, while balancing access to the community for casual and passive recreation purposes.

Consultancy company, ABV Leisure Consultancy has been appointed by the City to prepare the master plan including the community engagement activities.

The project is in the very early stages and the local community and key stakeholders will be consulted, engaged and informed at every step of the way. Information will be published here as the project develops to keep the community informed and involved. To keep updated, check out this page regularly as the page will continue to develop and provide new information as the project progresses.

Master Plan Process

The City and the Consultant team will undertake a number of processes in the master plan development:

  • Consult with identified key stakeholders to identify uses, issues and needs, now and into the future
  • Engage with the community about what is important to them
  • Undertake a detailed analysis of the demographic profile and projections
  • Undertake a site analysis to identifying constraints, existing vegetation and other features
  • Review of surrounding neighbourhoods and consult with government agencies
  • Undertake a benchmark analysis and identify opportunities
  • Undertake an environmental and heritage analysis
  • Analyse current parking and traffic issues and ensure these are considered in any future plans.

All of that information will be assessed and considered in developing the draft master plan. The draft plan will then be available for community input and feedback before the final plan is developed.

Please note, all information placed on this engagement page will be referred to the Consultants.

How can you be involved, find out more or provide feedback?

You can participate in this project by registering (tab at the top of this page), reading the information in the document library and the FAQs, and/or;

Community Stakeholder Groups and Sporting Groups:

  • Community stakeholder groups will be interviewed by the Consultant team
  • Sporting groups to assist by completing a user survey along with meeting with the Consultant Team.

Following the draft master plan development, the plan will be available for comment on this engagement page along with the opportunity to provide feedback at a further community drop in session planned for October 2017.

Project updates

Updates will be provided via the News Feed on this page. Information being provided will change from time to time along with key dates as the project progresses. To keep up-to-date please view the information by:

  • Reading the reports in the document library
  • Reading the FAQs
  • Checking out the key dates
  • Reading our updates in the News Feed

Do you have feedback for the City in relation to this project.  Please provide your feedback here. There are also a number of other ways you can provide feedback on this project.  Please read the front page to find out other options.

You need to be signed in to comment in this Guest Book. Click here to Sign In or Register to get involved

Overall I think the plan is excellent - and not too complex.
My only 2 major disappointments are
1) Far too much attention being given to the vocal minority worrying about traffic - It is a community park and the more people who come and use it the better. People will not be fitter, healthier, and happier sitting at home. Unfortunately as the park will be a long way from some peoples homes they will need to drive. More cars at the park should be celebrated not condemned.
2) The area North of the Bridge club - needs to be given some life - I think the current plans will leave it as a dead hole in the park facility. I would strongly support - A skate park, the water polo, the hockey or some other new interest - so that life and safety is added to the area.

Chris M 2 days ago

My comments are in relation to the objections lodged to the proposal from Westside Wolves Hockey Club:
"Exclusive Facility" - No it is not. The Club has c1,700 members, mostly from the local area. Anyone can join the Club. Anyone in the community will be able to hire and use the facilities.
"Increased traffic - 400-600 vehicles at one time - No, that will not happen. Whilst there will be an increase in traffic at certain times, there are only going to be 2 turf pitches and 1 grass pitch. At most that is 100 players (6 teams with a max. Squad of 16) at any one time.
OIther Comments:
- Improved health and fitness of the local community through sports participation
- More spend in local shops, cafes and restaurants through hockey families
- Increase utilitisation of an under used area of land (whils this is a dog exercise area, the utilisation generally is low in terms of number of people using and how regularly it is used.
- More parking in the area
- The area is a general sporting precinct. The hockey turfs would enhance the general area
- 1,700 members (mostly juniors) regularly play hockey for Wolves. The current structure and facilities of the Club are completely insufficient. Most of the members are from the local area. There are limited available spaces in the Western Suburbs for a development of this nature. Allen Park is one of the few suitable venues.

Community member and hockey fan 2 days ago

Appendix 4 Traffic Impact Assessment
We are pleased that the draft report takes into account the concerns of residents.
With reference to the flyt report:
4.2.7 Proposal 22-26
4.2.3 Proposal 09
As the report states when the ne community facilities are determined more detailed analysis will be required to determine parking needs. Undoubtedly more traffic will occur. The old bowling green immediately next to the Bridge Club could be used. The south east corner of the overflow Bridge/Rugby carpark (proposed revegetation area) could also be considered.
Anne & Reg Brearley

Reg Brearley 2 days ago

I am very pleased to see numerous comments and input from the residents and users of Allen Park reflected in the draft plan. The support for enhancement and protection of the green spaces and the native bushland is very important. I am also relieved that the recommendations in the report do not support the development of the hockey pitches and water polo. Each of these would draw huge amounts of additional traffic into an area already struggling with traffic issues and would also impact on the bushland.
Clearly the strong message from the community was to support the existing green spaces with improved paths and signage and to improve some of the facilities already in place.

Greatplacetolive 2 days ago

The City of Nedlands has just developed a management plan for the Allen Park recreational site in Swanbourne. The Dolphins waterpolo club has submitted a proposal seeking some land at the old Swanbourne Bowling Club site for the development of a water polo facility. The proposal did not seek council funds just access to land.

This proposal has been reject in favor of a village green, complete with public toilet and BBQs.

The Council is currently asking for feedback on the Allen Park Management Plan.

My family and I are providing the following feedback:
1. It is disappointing that the proposal submitted by Dolphins Water Polo Club was not supported; and
2. The Council is called upon to work with the Club in finding an alternate site within the Council boundary.
Asphar Family.

ianasphar 3 days ago

Having attended the public workshop regarding the Allen Park master plan, I was pleased to see that many of the concerns voiced at the workshop were reflected in the plan. Particularly those regarding the hockey and water polo proposals which were unanimously rejected by all workshop groups.
I initially supported the proposed extension of the tennis courts and as a result took notice of court use when I walked daily. The courts are under-utilised most of the time and it would appear that only occasionally there is significant demand. This is something that might better be addressed by rostering existing court use more efficiently. The proposed extension would result in the removal of established, beautiful natural bush and would be a great loss to the flora and fauna of the park.

Digby de Bruin 3 days ago

I am pleased that Nedlands has listened to the community with the Allen Park master plan. The proposals of a water polo pool and artificial hockey pitches were understandably poorly supported and I am relieved that the council have recommended against both proposals.
The extension of the tennis courts would be a great shame in destroying the mature bush that makes Allen Park the jewel that it is. We cannot afford to keep destroying bushland. The argument regarding junior tennis is fatuous as most of the juniors are not from the coastal ward area and multiple other tennis clubs in the Nedlands locality have excellent facilities. In addition the figures provided in the proposal itself would be against expansion and I am unsure of the figures that support more members per court not under floodlights (1:30) than under floodlights (1:20). Surely this should be the opposite as a floodlit court should be able to be used for longer and therefore accommodate more players. It would also mean the loss of the current basketball area, which is used heavily all week. The proposal to move this to the beach precinct would be unfortunate as any ball sports would not be easy to play when the regular strong sea breeze comes in. That is why the current basketball court is so good as it is wind protected. The tennis hit up wall is however a great idea.
There are multiple good ideas such as improved beach front facilities as there is currently no simple kiosk. I agree with the other feedback that the Shorehouse development has not been a success for the local community. I also like the rehabilitation of the coastal oval and the walking trails. Formalising of the car parks is understandable, but it would be nice to keep the green appeal with grass through blocks if possible.
The two ideas that I did like but don't seem to have been mentioned are provision of outdoor fitness equipment and turning the former lawn bowls site into an amphitheatre for summer concerts/films/plays, which could be brilliant.
As for the transport the current situation is adequate, but it would not take much for it to become a problem. The new North Street - West Coast Highway intersection has made a great positive action. Parking for the tennis is already at the limit without another 4/5 courts.
Overall well done.

JH 5 days ago

I strongly believe a water polo pool would be a fantastic community asset at Allen Park, as it is something that is lacking in the area and could be used by all. The Water polo pool would not only be a great asset in promoting and developing the sport, but also engaging other water sports and activities as it would provide a local pool for them to take place as well.

Hamish Anderson 5 days ago

The footprint of a new water polo facility would be small compared to the health benefits to the community. There can only be upside in giving local youth the opportunity to engage in this sport. Although it would provide a local dedicated facility for that sport there would be the opportunity for multi use by the general community. Nedlands should seize the initiative where Claremont has not.

RA 5 days ago

The Allen Park precinct was set aside many years ago to preserve green space - we cannot keep chipping away at it as we have been over the years - it is simply not sustainable. Let's not miss an opportunity for future generations.

Mark Davidson 5 days ago

The Plan is developing well. Glad to see that it is not recommended that any further formal sporting clubs be accommodated.
With regard to the formalisation of the present car parking areas, the community has clearly stated that no more blacktop would be supported. Alternative grassed parking with trees for shade is the only option.
Strongly support the addition of extra tennis courts to the west of present hardcourt. This is much needed to retain juniors wanting to play in the area. The vegetation could easily be modified and the path to the oval realigned.
Strongly support formalisation of the pedestrian access paths, especially across the WABC car park and the access road to the lower pavilion off Kirkwood street.
Thanks for your work.

Maxine Mazzucchelli 7 days ago

Section 3.3 of the Flyt traffic report highlights the road hierarchy and describes how Allen Park can be accessed from the east and south. It states that "the primary road corridors that provide vehicular access into the Allen Park Precinct area from the east is via West Coast Highway - North Street - Kirkwood Road or Marine Parade". This is indeed how it SHOULD be according to an appropriate road hierarchy, but it is NOT what occurs in practice. Wood Street, Kirkwood and Clement Streets carry a disproportionate volume of traffic that is accessing Allen Park, the Bridge Club and the beach front from West Coast Highway not via the Local Distributor Road but via residential access roads. This route is also very popular with large groups of cyclists.

The Flyt report defines Wood Street as an access road. "An Access Road is to provide access to abutting properties with AMENITY, SAFETY and AESTHETIC aspects having priority over vehicle movement". This is not the case in Wood Street, which has a high volume of through traffic, a history of crashes on the bend at Kirkwood Road, damage to parked cars and conflict between vehicles and cyclists.

Allen Park is heavily used by school age children's sporting teams. Kirkwood Road cannot be considered safe during these times as through traffic that is typically in a hurry mixes with children alighting from parked vehicles or crossing along the length of the road adjacent to the lower playing fields.

There is no reason why the Road Hierarchy described in the Fygt report cannot be more formally enforced with measures taken to improve the streetscapes and positively deter traffic from using the Wood - Kirkwood - Clement route. Various options are available.

markcn 7 days ago

1. The area North of the Surf club should have been the area for a cafe the size of Barchetta (the way was meant to be), NOT the monstrosity of "The Shorehouse" on the south side as it is.The south side should have remained a green area for people.
Now thats its already done, the north side should be green space for relaxing (NOT SPORTING, HYPERACTIVITY's such as 3 on 3 Basket Ball, Skate parks .
2. Swanbourne oval should remain a natural green parkland for animal lovers to enjoy as it is. This is very important as a dog exercise space.
3. There is enough sporting activity areas in the larger ovals for people to practise what ever they like.
The Allan Park Masterplan should not be looking more sporting clubs like Hockey, waterpolo etc etc. Commercialising this beautiful quite natural precinct would be a huge mistake in my opinion....would just add more cars, noise, rubbish,& social issues to the area.
4. Currently,this is a very special and unique precinct, a fine balance of nature, sport, dog exercise, and quiet contemplation areas. Don't spoil it, because once its gone, its gone for good.
Just look at "The Shorehouse" as a microcosm of the Masterplan. Look at what that has done to the Swanbourne beach area , and just remember how nice it was before that was there....green gone, more cars, noise, rubbish etc etc.

benzina 8 days ago

A water polo facility would be an excellent addition in an under utilised section of the Allen Park precinct. The fact that it could be available for public uses such as aquarobics and rehabilitation would broaden it's appeal. The fact that Dolphins is not seeking public funding would mean less of a burden on the ratepayers of Nedlands. There is a large area for dog recreation already in the precinct that I use and I struggle to see the benefit of spending ratepayers money on additional area when a rehabilitation proposal at no cost to an area that is degraded at the moment has merit. I understand that the residents of Odern Crescent and Walba Way are against any proposal that may bring visitors to their precinct but feel that revenue neutral proposals should be considered for the whole of the City of Nedlands.

Alistair B 10 days ago

Our family would love a new waterpolo facility in the area. Could double as an overflow for beach days when the wind is up too much for a swim, or when there is a shark alarm. Have 3 young kids - Swanbourne beach itself is quite difficult to swim and surf at on a lot of occasions. So as an ocean goer and waterpolo player. I think a waterpolo specific pool with club house would be fantastic. The depth of such a pool is also great for under water hockey, scuba diving training, swimming lesson etc. Could be a multi-use facility. Also a learner pool next to it could be a great idea for the really young children. They are upgrading the Claremont Pool but leaving out sporting clubs and young families from the equation. Parking is becoming an issue at Claremont with all the apartment developments etc. In addition a skate ramp...and wave pool would be most excellent too if there is enough space!

John Scott 10 days ago

Great plan, well done to all involved.

Definitely do the 3-on-3 bball court!

Aron 10 days ago

Disappointing to see so many people against a water polo facility. The pool would be a wonderful community facility, being available for rehab and exercise sessions outside of the morning and afternoon training. This precinct has an enormous amount of existing space for people to walk and exercise their dogs. The location of the pool wasn't going to effect that at all. A real shame.

Mick Colliss 10 days ago

Allen Park is such a beautiful space as it is, it would be a travesty to turn it into a commercial space, particularly when there are so many other sporting venues close by.

M Brown about 1 month ago

Keep it green, the large space is fantastic and used regularly for exercisers and families. Definitely no flood lit astro turf hockey field or indoor pool wanted!

sarahc about 2 months ago

Please just keep it green, we need more natural space, not more car parks and organised sports venues!

Suzanne about 2 months ago