04. MacCabe Park

about 3 years ago
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A premier city park offering a range of activities for all ages.

MacCabe Park will be celebrated as a lively, high quality urban park supporting a balanced lifestyle for city residents and workers.

A place of pride for the city, the Park will host a range of large scale events and festivals. Supported by activities, cafés, and public facilities, it will be an active space, with strong connections to the city centre.


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  • Mtraynor almost 4 years ago
    Yes, the problem with McCabe is that it is disconnected from the city centre. The centre has moved to the east, so lets concentrate on the Lang Park area.. Demolish Win Stadium, it is now underutilised. Return it to parkland...develop a Wollongong version of Barangaroo.
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    • Admin Commented Wollongong City Council almost 4 years ago
      Thanks for your comment, we will take your feedback into consideration.
  • JanetM almost 4 years ago
    The big problem with MacCabe Park is its lack of visibility because of the old ICC building —this is a real barrier to full usage of the Park. The ICC building, unfortunately, also provides shelter for various nefarious activities.
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    • Admin Commented Wollongong City Council almost 4 years ago
      Buildings on the periphery of the park could be seen as barrier. We have two actions that may help to address this particular issue in MacCabe Park (as specified in our Draft 'A City for People') . Short Term: "Encourage edge buildings to open onto and activate the park". Long Term: "Require all buildings which have an interface with the park to deliver an enhanced street edge".Janet, do you think if these buildings were to interact with the park more, it could help to create a safer atmosphere and become more inviting?
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      • JanetM almost 4 years ago
        Not sure how buildings can 'activate' and 'interact'; people do this, buildings seem to me to be rather static!
  • Alexander Williams about 4 years ago
    McCabe Park is uniquely located near the city centre and yet provides a vast grassed space for recreational activities. In between hosting various festivals and special events, the green fields could be well utilized for energetic and fun activities. One such activity is Disc Golf. For those unaware of the emerging game, the objective is to throw lightweight discs in as few 'throws' as possible towards the target 'nets'. Like golf in many ways, the nine-hole course is spread out across the park providing both variety and exercise. Already successfully employed at 'The Claypits' in Jindabyne (just Google it), this activity has been appraised as being fun for all ages and abilities. After the simple installation of the nets, the entire McCabe Park can be utilized with barely any permanent change to the existing parkscape. In my opinion, this low-cost initiative could be something that could even be sponsored by local businesses/community groups in the area (i.e. Hole 1 sponsored by ACME Pty Ltd, Hole 2 sponsored by Fun Club etc). The Disc Golf could even be operated out of the adjacent Youth Centre providing discs for free loan (small deposit). What better way to bring people together in McCabe Park on warm sunny days?
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    • Admin Commented Wollongong City Council about 4 years ago
      Hi Alexander,Firstly, thank you very much for taking the time to share with us your ideas for MacCabe Park! We had never heard of 'Disc Golf' before, but it certainly looks like a fun and simple way to introduce some more play elements (for all ages) into the park.
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      • Alexander Williams almost 4 years ago
        Hi,Thanks for your feedback. If a project like this was to go forward, I would be happy to get involved in planning stages. Having walked the park on my way to work, I already have a fews ideas of a basic course layout and equipment needs.