Wade Park Masterplan, Lismore Legacy Project

  • July 08, 2024

This Masterplan Report illustrates Lismore City Council’s aspiration to bring new life to Wade Park and ensure it serves the needs of the community. The Wade Park Masterplan is an pro-bono initiative instigated by Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) and led by CONTEXT, Cred Consulting, Peak Water Consulting and Armsign, with project management services provided by City of Ryde Council. This project is supported by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), the University of New South Wales and PLA.

Wade Park is classified as a ‘District Park’ by Lismore City Council. Equipped with a footpath network, amenities, cricket oval, picnic facilities and play equipment, it is a popular park for young families and used for children’s birthday parties and family gatherings. It is also popular for walkers and riders using the concrete path loop path surrounding the park.

Due to its long life, many elements of the park are now worn out. In addition, the site is located on highly reactive pug material which is susceptible to sinking. Following the 2022 catastrophic flood event, the whole park was inundated. This has caused parts of Wade Park to be left in further disrepair.

The vision for the project is to create an all accessible and inclusive park for the Lismore community that contributes to community resilience, by providing high quality relaxation and recreation experiences, and minimising the impacts of future flooding events. Wade Park will offer a diversity of formal and informal sport, spaces for dogs as well as fitness and play opportunities suitable for all ages and abilities. New play equipment will offer a range of physical, social and cognitive experiences. A new accessible toilet/amenities building, and parking upgrades will ensure everyone can get there, stay and play at Wade Park!

The Draft Masterplan outlines a staging plan so that upgrades can be undertaken as funding opportunities arise and in accordance with priorities.

You can see The Wade Park Masterplan HERE.