Design is underway on a new $200,000 amenities block near the end of the Fernleigh Track at Belmont.
The facility, which will include an accessible toilet, two unisex toilets, and bike racks, meets the demand of cyclists and pedestrians, who have long requested additional amenities at the southern end of the track.
It is expected to open towards the end of 2021 and will feature vertical hardwood timber cladding to help it blend in with its bushland surrounds, as well as a polished concrete hand basin and roof water drainage that connects directly into a new rain garden.
Project manager Tess Dziwulski said a similar concept had been successfully implemented at Webb Park in Redhead.
“We want this to be more than just a functional amenities block – it’s designed to complement the surrounding landscape and demonstrate water-sensitive urban design principles that reflect the natural environment,” she said.
New bike racks installed adjacent to the amenities block will ensure cyclists using the facility can safely leave their bikes unattended.
The new amenities block will be funded as part of the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track project, which will see a new shared pathway from Belmont to Blacksmiths, taking in Belmont Lagoon and passing near Belmont Golf Club before running parallel to the Pacific Highway to Awabakal Avenue at Blacksmiths.