New Beaman Park Footbridge

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Original Photo of Bridge

Background

The existing footbridge over the Cooks River between Marrickville Golf Club and Beaman Park crosses the boundary of Canterbury Council and Marrickville Council and is jointly owned by both Councils.

There are no records of who built the footbridge or when, but it is thought that the bridge dates to the early 20th century. The bridge was refurbished in 1980, 2000 and 2010.

Regular inspections of the existing bridge indicate that it is in poor condition and coming to the end of its life. Marrickville Council and Canterbury City Council have together agreed that replacing the footbridge is the best option for the community.

The building work is scheduled to take place in 2014. Marrickville and Canterbury Councils are now seeking the community’s views on the design of the bridge and the potential bridge types.

Bridge Location

An assessment by Council officers and community groups identified that the best location for the new bridge is approximately 30m upriver from the existing bridge. This decision was based on a number of factors:

  • This location would improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • This location provides a convenient link between existing formal and informal pedestrian and cycle paths
  • This location is suitable for existing and projected future uses
  • It minimise impacts on existing vegetation
  • Users are familiar with the location and the existing bridge can still be used during construction
  • Vehicular access and electricity supply for lighting would be available
  • There is space for approach ramps

Bridge Design

Based on the project location and available budget, Council has developed three bridge concept design options for community comment, which will inform the design of the bridge. Details on the proposed bridge features and bridge concept options can be downloaded below:

Download the project details and site plan here
Download the three bridge design options here

What will happen to the existing bridge?

As part of the works, it is proposed to demolish the existing bridge. It is proposed to retain two sets of wooden piers nearest the banks as a reminder of the bridge and also to provide habitat for roosting birds and microbats living in the area.

Next Steps

The Councils invite community input into the proposed bridge designs. After all submissions and comments from the community have been received, the Councils will tender for the design and construction of the bridge. Construction is planned to start mid 2014.

Have your say

Take the survey

  • Write to: The General Manager, Marrickville Council, PO Box 14, Petersham NSW 2049
  • Telephone: Council’s Urban Water Engineer on (02) 9335 2246.

Canterbury Residents

  • Email to: council@canterbury.nsw.gov.au
  • Face to face at customer service: Administration building 137 Beamish Street Campsie NSW 2194 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm).
  • Telephone: (02) 9789 9300 (24hrs, 7 days per week).
  • Writing to: The General manager, City of Canterbury, PO Box 77 Campsie NSW 2194.

Original Photo of Bridge

Background

The existing footbridge over the Cooks River between Marrickville Golf Club and Beaman Park crosses the boundary of Canterbury Council and Marrickville Council and is jointly owned by both Councils.

There are no records of who built the footbridge or when, but it is thought that the bridge dates to the early 20th century. The bridge was refurbished in 1980, 2000 and 2010.

Regular inspections of the existing bridge indicate that it is in poor condition and coming to the end of its life. Marrickville Council and Canterbury City Council have together agreed that replacing the footbridge is the best option for the community.

The building work is scheduled to take place in 2014. Marrickville and Canterbury Councils are now seeking the community’s views on the design of the bridge and the potential bridge types.

Bridge Location

An assessment by Council officers and community groups identified that the best location for the new bridge is approximately 30m upriver from the existing bridge. This decision was based on a number of factors:

  • This location would improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • This location provides a convenient link between existing formal and informal pedestrian and cycle paths
  • This location is suitable for existing and projected future uses
  • It minimise impacts on existing vegetation
  • Users are familiar with the location and the existing bridge can still be used during construction
  • Vehicular access and electricity supply for lighting would be available
  • There is space for approach ramps

Bridge Design

Based on the project location and available budget, Council has developed three bridge concept design options for community comment, which will inform the design of the bridge. Details on the proposed bridge features and bridge concept options can be downloaded below:

Download the project details and site plan here
Download the three bridge design options here

What will happen to the existing bridge?

As part of the works, it is proposed to demolish the existing bridge. It is proposed to retain two sets of wooden piers nearest the banks as a reminder of the bridge and also to provide habitat for roosting birds and microbats living in the area.

Next Steps

The Councils invite community input into the proposed bridge designs. After all submissions and comments from the community have been received, the Councils will tender for the design and construction of the bridge. Construction is planned to start mid 2014.

Have your say

Take the survey

  • Write to: The General Manager, Marrickville Council, PO Box 14, Petersham NSW 2049
  • Telephone: Council’s Urban Water Engineer on (02) 9335 2246.

Canterbury Residents

  • Email to: council@canterbury.nsw.gov.au
  • Face to face at customer service: Administration building 137 Beamish Street Campsie NSW 2194 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm).
  • Telephone: (02) 9789 9300 (24hrs, 7 days per week).
  • Writing to: The General manager, City of Canterbury, PO Box 77 Campsie NSW 2194.