Small parks and playgrounds

Small parks and playgrounds

Renewal program

The small parks and playgrounds renewal program is designed to improve the quality of public parks and places designated for play within the City of Sydney's local area.

Our aim is to ensure residents have access to a quality play facility within 500 metres of their home and that these playgrounds provide a diverse range of play opportunities for children and carers.

We are allocating funding each year to renewing these areas.

There are more than 330 small parks and playgrounds throughout the local area. Each year a number of parks from different suburbs are selected for renewal.


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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. 

Construction starts mid-April and is expected to be completed in November 2015, depending on the weather.


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.

Reconciliation Park

A concept plan was presented to the community at an on-site drop-in session in March 2013. Feedback about the plan will inform the design development.

The renewal will include:

  • outdoor seating and spaces for relaxation
  • extending the existing playground and new facilities
  • improving entry to the park from George Street
  • a raingarden at the bottom of the park
  • new tree and shrub planting
  • allowing for the possibility of a future community garden at the eastern end.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-late 2014.

Last updated: Monday, 18 May 2015