Small parks and playgrounds

Small parks and playgrounds


O'Briens Lane Reserve 

We recently renewed O'Briens Lane Reserve, on the corner of Bourke and Stanley Streets in Darlinghurst, to give the local community a high-quality pocket park that maximises useable green space and has improved pedestrian access.

We wanted to make the reserve and O'Briens Lane more appealing and even safer for people to walk through.

Works included:

  • new useable grass space and an accessible path through the park
  • new trees and planting
  • improved solar access and clear sightlines through the park
  • new energy-efficient LED lighting and
  • a raised, paved surface for O'Briens Lane to create a seamless transition from the lane to the park.


Reconciliation Park

Reconciliation Park in Redfern has been improved to create a better park for everyone.

A concept plan was presented to the community at an on-site drop-in session in March 2013. Feedback about the plan informed the design development. We also included ideas from students at Darlington Public School.

The renewal included:

  • a new playground with a tree house, slide, monkey bars and swings
  • more seating and spaces to relax
  • space for a community garden and composting facility
  • a lawn area for general recreation and dog walking
  • new trees and shrubs.

Construction was completed mid-2015 and we reopened the park on Saturday 20 June 2015. You can view photos from the event below.

Chelsea Street Playground

We invited comments from residents in June 2012 about how they use the playground, what they liked about it and the improvements they would like to see. The feedback was considered when the concept plan was prepared.

We also consulted with students at Bourke Street Primary School in October 2012 to find out their ideas for the new playground. The consultation identified the types of play equipment local children liked best, informing the playground design and proposed equipment selection.

The concept plan was presented to the community at an on-site drop-in session in May 2013. Feedback about the plan informed the design development.

The renewal will involve keeping the southern end playground and a lawn area at the northern end of the park. A community garden with fencing and decking with low walls will be built in the centre of the park.

The renewal will include:

  • new playground equipment including cubby houses and low decks to cater for a range of creative and nature play activities for children from toddlers through to early teenagers
  • providing a barbecue and improved seating
  • improving the park entry from Rennie Street
  • new boundary fencing, gates and shrub planting
  • a connecting pathway through the park between Chelsea and Rennie Streets
  • provisions for a future community garden to include a compost facility and a lawn area for dog walking.

In response to items raised during community consultation, the developed design includes:

  • a shade structure over the timber deck
  • lighting along the main path
  • a drinking fountain with dog drinking bowl, water supply to the community garden and barbecue area
  • more lawn area seating and a picnic table on the timber deck
  • bike racks at the Chelsea Street entry.

This project also includes some pavement works to Rennie Street to improve access to the park. Tree roots are lifting the pavers, which will be repaired. A number of residents tend the garden plots next to the kerb and these will be kept and improved.

Construction is underway and we expect the project to be completed in August 2015.


Janet Beirne Reserve

The City of Sydney has worked closely with the community on plans to improve this park and provide a range of great new facilities.

Construction will begin in April 2014 and will take about six months, depending on weather.

Works include:

  • installing a new playground in the centre of the park
  • relocating the barbecue facilities to a new deck area
  • general landscaping improvements including a new pedestrian entry from Beaconsfield Lane, creating numerous spaces for quiet relaxation and activities, as well as more tree and shrub planting
  • improving paths, lighting and seating.


Jubilee Park Playground

We have renewed this playground to give children of all ages an exciting space to play in, as part of our vision to green our city and improve our parks.

The new playground area includes:

  • 2 new double swings
  • new slide
  • refurnishing the spinning carousel
  • nature play mound, logs, planks and twig paths
  • toddlers sand pit area with removable cover and shade structure
  • boardwalk, climbing ropes, cubby house and slide
  • better picnic areas and garden beds
  • refurbishing open grass for active recreation.



St James Park

We have worked closely with the community on the plans to improve this park with fantastic new facilities. Improvement works started in January 2014 and include a new adventure playground with a timber tree house and deck, slippery slide, a firemen's pole, climbing bar, basket swing and a covered sandpit for toddlers. Other improvements include:

  • new Plexipave surface, fencing and lighting on the tennis court
  • new paths, gardens, plantings and a lawn terrace
  • upgraded furniture and lighting
  • new water bubbler and more signage
  • interpretive artwork by local school children.

A new amenities pod features baby-change facilities, water saving fixtures and a transparent roof to maximise natural light and reduce electricity use. A kitchenette is also included.


New pocket park 

The old council depot on the corner of O'Connell and Longdown streets in Newtown, will be demolished to make way for a new 15m by 10m green space. We have worked closely with the local community on the design of the new park.

Works include:

  • installing a new picnic table with chess board
  • new planting and turf area
  • new seating, timber fencing and brick paving. 

Works will begin in mid-July 2015 and will take about 8 months, depending on the weather.

Last updated: Monday, 27 July 2015