Albert park master plan layout, courtesy of Gympie Regional Council.
Albert park master plan layout, courtesy of Gympie Regional Council. Contributed

Have your say on staged redevelopment of Gympie's Albert Park

GYMPIE'S sporting flagship, the 7ha Albert Park, will be given a staged redevelopment to take it well into the future, though Mayor Mick Curran has stressed the proposed master plan currently open for public comment is far from set in stone.

The comprehensive document has incorporated a study of all the sporting and other bodies that share Albert Park and proposed a number of significant changes there based on growing membership and expectations.

The plan advocates moving rugby league, cricket and union out of the park, and making it strictly touch football and athletics, in addition to the bowls club.

It acknowledges the significance and high visibility of the grandstand, and the "ad hoc” planning in the layout of the park as it now stands.

"While the park includes quality playing surfaces, many of the ancillary facilities are aged and in poor condition,” the report notes.

"The grandstand may have surpassed its useful asset life and significant maintenance costs are likely to attempt to ensure safety.”

The range of groups sharing Albert Park include touch football (100 juniors and 500 seniors), athletics (300), junior (310) and senior rugby league (80), junior and senior rugby union, junior Aussie Rules (110), senior cricket (230), bowls (140 plus 60 social members) and school sport.

Field sharing between all of these groups has regularly been the cause of "issues”.

"Balancing requirements for turf wicket preparation and pre-season and finals fixtures and training for touch, rugby league, rugby union, athletics and AFL is challenging,” the report notes. "Additionally, multiple line marking causes difficulties for players, officials and spectators.”

A review of the region's Open Space and Recreation Plan identified an over-supply of sports land (30ha) but an "under supply” of district level sports parks (24ha).

"Importantly, given anticipated population increases, an under-supply of almost 13ha of sport park is predicted by 2031 without additional land development,” the report notes.

MAP LEGEND

1. Highway upgrade - investigate opportunities to develop an extended slip lane for traffic entering from the south

2. Install feature entry statement

3. Remove existing ticket booth

4. Construct bus set-down area

5. Remove existing amenities

6. Remove sponsor signage

7. Construct a large storage shed with drive- through access, multiple roller doors and internal cages

8. One-way ring road (with separate pedestrian network)

9. Mural wall

10. Lit main oval (includes four touch fields overlaying an 8-lane running track, areas for two shot put sectors and a discus sector with cage)

11. Remove ticket booth and install simple entry signage

12. Sealed car parking (42 bays)

13. Discus sector with cage

14. Lit touch field (with javelin sector overlay)

15. Lit touch field (with javelin sector overlay)

16. Shared pedestrian-vehicle node (feature paving)

17. Amenities extension to touch clubhouse

18. Sealed car parking (50 bays)

19. Double-ended dual long jump/triple jump pits with synthetic approaches (remove existing storage shed and amenities)

20. Play node with spectator seating and shade

21. Investigate the development of raised spectator mounding (potentially with shade cover)

22. Review suitable building options for players and spectators 23. Retain existing canteen 24. Remove existing amenities

25. Sealed car parking (118 bays total)

26. Quality bowls facility with two lit greens and functional clubhouse