The Village Green at Toukley is in the next phase of revitalisation plans for the Toukley town centre.
Central Coast Council is now seeking community feedback for the draft design.
Council’s Director Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan, said the concept was developed with the help of the community’s initial ideas and comment.
“In July, 2018, we sought feedback on how to best bring Toukley to life, particularly through a redesign of the Village Green, and by gathering feedback on the 2013 Toukley Masterplan to prioritise actions,” Vaughan said.
“We’ve listened to the community to develop draft concept plans for the Village Green and we are now seeking direct feedback on those plans.
“Community feedback on the Village Green overwhelmingly identified the need for a bigger and better play space and this is a key feature of the design we have developed.”
Key features of the Village Green will include a nature-based play space with a sensory garden, pavement maze and ping pong table, picnic tables and shade shelters, a terraced grass area, a wheelchair accessible stage for special events, more trees and upgraded landscaping.
The first stage will be carried out over the next 12 months.
Stage 2 will encompass the upgraded stage, terraced grass area and remaining landscaping.
This is expected in 2021, depending on funding.
Future stages will be tree planting along Canton Beach Rd and Ron Alt La, also subject to allocation of funding in the capital works program.
Investigations will be undertaken into the health of the pine Christmas tree, and if it needs to be removed, an attractive artificial tree will be installed to brighten up the festive season.
The next phase of Let’s Talk Toukley Town Centre will also give community members an update on current projects, such as: WiFi connection to be installed in the town centre; Toukley Library being refurbished; and, more car parking for the 50 Plus Leisure and Recreation Centre on Yaralla Rd.
To make way for the car park, a Council owned residential building at 15 Yaralla Rd will be demolished later this year and vacant lots at 9, 11 and 13 Yaralla Rd will be incorporated into the car park, which is expected to be open by July, 2020.
Footpath upgrades at the 50 Plus centre are expected to be finished by the end of June.
Within the next 12 months, Council will resurface the southern end of the Coles car park, which is Council owned, however, no other changes will be made.
Mayor, Jane Smith, said Council was committed to the development of Toukley as a town centre for the Central Coast.
“We are using a multifaceted approach to make Toukley a vibrant place to visit,” Mayor Smith said.
“A key to that is listening to the local community and businesses to ensure we deliver what is wanted and needed.
“Toukley is a beautiful part of our region and with the right mix of sustainable development and initiatives, we can boost not only tourism and economic development but community connections as well.”
Community feedback in this next phase of Let’s talk Toukley Town Centre will be open until Sunday, June 16.
Community members can provide feedback on the Village Green plans online at yourvoiceourcoast.com/toukley-town-centre or at Toukley Aquatic Centre.
Media release, May 30
Central Coast Council