Mosman Park: Draft plan to revamp Mann and Davis ovals released

Mosman Park Mayor Brett Pollock says proposals to revamp Mann and Davis ovals have a long way to go. Picture: Jon Bassett.
Mosman Park Mayor Brett Pollock says proposals to revamp Mann and Davis ovals have a long way to go. Picture: Jon Bassett.

A NEW community centre, more space for school sport and new homes for Aussie rules football and soccer are part of a plan to revamp Mann and Davis ovals in Mosman Park.

The need to improve ovals and the adjacent Nash Field that hosts the Western Knights soccer club was established in the council’s overall 2018 Sport and Recreation Plan.

It is hoped the proposed revamp would relieve crowding at neighbouring Mosman Park Primary School, secure sport facilities for St Hilda’s and Iona schools, and house the soccer club at a modern home.

All have to contribute to the expected $22,000 cost of developing the draft, before any final proposal is used to create a business plan for funding.

“The AFL ground could be swapped from Mann to Davis oval and would be the minimum ‘full size’ for that code,” Mosman Park Mayor Brett Pollock said.

He said the Department of Education, the private schools and the club were expected to contribute to the revamp, which could take more than 10 years.

He said the council had no “pre-conceived ideas” and would listen to others, such as the adjacent Mosarts performing arts centre, over the next six weeks.

Potential new users include American gridiron teams, as well as basketballers, netballers and skateboarders.

“A lease arrangement for users is a possibility, but there are also opportunities for other agreements like licensing and hire,” Mr Pollock said.

Alf Adams Pavilion, nearing the end of its life, could be replaced by a community centre near Mosarts, while parking for 57 vehicles could almost treble in a proposed L-shaped car park with an entry on Victoria Street and an exit on Hope Street.

Mr Pollock said any disruption from leaving cars would be minimised and it would only be for short periods after games.

The draft is on the council’s website and a public meeting is at Mosman Park Council from 6.30pm on November 14.