What we heard about the Sophia Park Upgrades

29 May 2023

From the 19 of April until 11 May 2023, Shellharbour City Council and Fraser's Property Group asked for feedback from the community on what you would like to see in the re-design of Sophia Park.

There was a fantastic response with over 264 online contributions and 51 in person contributions received as part of the Sophia Park engagement process.

Did you see us?

On the 26 April (both in the morning and in the evening) and 2 May, the engagement team of Shellharbour Council and Fraser's Property Group held drop-in style information sessions at the Shell Cove Marina to listen to ideas for the upgrade of Sophia Park and answer any questions from the community.

You told us that Sophia Park’s role in connection between Shellharbour and Shell Cove was the most important inclusion with 92% of respondents rating connective footpaths as their most important element. You also told us that amenity is also an important inclusion with shade, seating, toilets and drinking fountains featuring strongly.

Motion play with equipment like slides, swings and hammocks was a favoured type of play hoping to be considered for Sophia Park. Multigenerational play was also highly valued.

  1. Motion play - e.g. slides, swings, hammock
  2. Multigenerational playspace - recreational space that encourages fun among kids and their parents, grandparents and carers. These spaces are designed to include people of all abilities and ages.
  3. Adventure play - e.g. play tower with slide, tree house
  4. Nature play - e.g. tree logs, art and sculptures
  5. Imagination/Sensory Play - eg, sand, music, cubby house
Most favoured activities for Sophia Park

When it comes to the types of activities the community wants to be provisioned for in Sophia Park, feedback indicated that a usable green space/kick area was most favoured, followed by a learn to ride track.