How can I have my say about the proposed path?
There is a simple survey on the Your Say that will capture your thoughts on the proposed path. You can also share stories you have on the space, or email ideas directly to one of our Council Officers found under 'who is listening' tab.
Why is Council putting in a path?
The pathway is part of the 2008 Masterplan for Gap Park. Works from the Masterplan have been rolled out over recent years include; the coastal path upgraded, the entry at Military Road built, the CCTV network and emergency phone booths installed for public safety, and new fencing.
This pathway recognises the old tram route that ran through the park up until 1960 and will provide a new visitor experience of this beautiful and unique park.
What is proposed for the park?
It is proposed to construct a formalised pathway to improve access for wider range of the community. The path will extend from the existing pathway from the entrance at Military Road following the tram route south to Old South Head Road.
Along the route there will be interpretative signage describing the history, culture, flora and fauna of the park. There will be seating for rest and contemplation of the beauty of the park and its environs. See plan for further details.
Will any trees be removed?
No trees will be removed in building the new pathway. It is currently the location of an existing bush track, and the proposed pathway will formalise this and create a more accessible route of travel.
The vegetation that will be impacted in the process is some coastal tea tree shrubs such as Kunzea and Leptospernum. The local Bush care group will be providing ongoing attention to the site.
Is the path accessible?
The proposed pathway creates better access through a bush section of Gap Park.
According to the Australian Human Rights Commission;
while a footpath necessarily follows the natural topography of the area, in the best possible circumstances a continuous accessible path of travel along a footpath should:
- Have a gradient of no steeper than 1 in 20
- Have a cross fall of no steeper than 1 in 40
- Have kerb cuts with appropriate kerb ramps
- Incorporate appropriate Tactile Ground Surface Indicators where necessary to ensure adequate safety and orientation at street crossings
- Have a pedestrian zone with a minimum clear width of 1.8 metres at the narrowest point and a minimum clear height of 2 metres with nothing encroaching into that envelope
- Be as smooth as possible without raised or cracked paving or tree root damage
- Have a slip resistant surface during dry and wet conditions
The Commission notes, however, that topographical issues, historical practices and local conditions will affect the capacity of local government authorities to achieve this level of good practice in all circumstances.
The Concept Plan aims to address these elements within the path. It is recognised that there are some portions of the southern section of the pathway that would have a higher gradient than the 1 in 20.