Our grand harbourside parklands
Our recently endorsed Johnstons Creek master plan aims to protect and enhance a precious area of our harbour foreshore at Glebe, Annandale and Forest Lodge.
The plan adds 5.4 hectares of new parklands to the existing 14 hectares of public space on the border of Glebe and Annandale, providing expansive parklands for playing sport, enjoying nature and socialising. The full plan is available for download below.
Where is Johnstons Creek?
Johnstons Creek is an urban waterway that runs from Petersham past Annandale, Camperdown, Forest Lodge and Harold Park before spilling into Rozelle Bay.
The Johnstons Creek master plan provides a vision and guides improvements for the existing parks near Glebe Foreshore including Bicentennial, Federal and Jubilee, the area between Jubilee Park and the tramsheds (known as the Hill), future open space at The Crescent in Annandale, and the new public park in Harold Park.
A vision for the future
In the future, locals and visitors will be able to walk for 1km along Johnstons Creek through a natural landscape of wetlands, rain gardens, sandstone cliffs and open parklands to Rozelle Bay.
The Johnstons Creek area will have new recreational, community and sporting facilities as well as other essential infrastructure such as toilets and parking. It will guide future improvements for walking and cycling connections along with landscaping and biodiversity, stormwater management and incorporating heritage values.
Features of the Johnstons Creek master plan include:
- New freshwater wetlands, expanded salt marsh and areas of woodlands, shrubland and grassland habitats for local wildlife.
- Improved water quality in the parklands with rain gardens and natural landscape features.
- Jubilee Oval and Federal Park playing area upgrades and a new village green for junior sports near The Crescent.
- A range of paths, boardwalks and viewing platforms connecting all parts of the parklands.
- Removal of most of the buildings along The Crescent and relocation of car parking to the edge of the parkland to open up more areas for recreation.
- Adaptive re-use of one existing building on The Crescent for a range of flexible recreation and community uses such as child care, community meetings and activities, and public amenities.
The first project in the master plan is the design of a new park in Forest Lodge. This public park will link the existing harbour foreshore parklands in Glebe to Wigram Road and the Crescent, and will be within the Harold Park residential development.
Working with the community
Community consultation has been vital in developing this master plan. The first phase of consultation was in June 2012, when a public meeting provided the opportunity to hear ideas, priorities and visions for the project. A second public meeting was held in December 2012 where we responded to feedback and presented options that would form the draft master plan. We then exhibited the master plan in May 2013 and held a drop-in session in the parklands to provide more information. Feedback received on the draft master plan was used to help prepare the final endorsed plan.
We have also engaged with the local community on the designs for the new park at Harold Park, holding drop-in sessions for both the draft design and detailed design.
The master plan celebrates the rich historical layers of the Annandale and Glebe area from its Aboriginal heritage to the working waterfront, the former transport depot and the Harold Park Paceway. It focuses on highlighting elements of historical significance such as the viaduct that runs across the site, the fig trees to the north of the tram sheds and the avenue plantings in Bicentennial Park.
Aboriginal heritage could be interpreted through future public art installations, permanent sculpture, remembrance and celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Of particular importance are the tram sheds in Harold Park, a remnant of the days when Sydney had one of the largest and most sophisticated tram networks in the world. The sheds will be protected and revived as community and retail space.
Last updated: Friday, 13 November 2015