Improving Lawrence Hargrave Reserve

Improving Lawrence Hargrave Reserve

Under review

Contributions to this consultation are closed for evaluation and review. The project team will report back on key outcomes.

We plan to upgrade Lawrence Hargrave Reserve in Elizabeth Bay and invite your feedback on the proposed design.

The upgrade will provide a safe and inclusive park for everyone to enjoy. It will also complement the community garden by improving access and safety.

Quality green open spaces are important for our residents, workers and visitors. Over the next 10 years, we’re upgrading over 60 parks in our area. These park upgrades will create better quality open spaces, help keep our city cooler, and support biodiversity.

The proposal for Lawrence Hargrave Reserve will:

  • create welcoming park entries and improve access into the park
  • improve accessibility with 2 new ramps into the park, staircase upgrades and a new  path to the community garden
  • provide a range of seating
  • increase the useable green space with a new central turf area
  • enhance native habitat plantings and biodiversity within the park.

Lawrence Hargrave Reserve is built above Kings Cross car park. To reduce structural and loading impacts on the roof, we’ll remove some trees including most of the casuarinas. This will also open up the usable green space and improve safety and sight lines in the park. Trees will be replaced with new mature trees to provide the same amount of canopy coverage.

Community meeting

On Tuesday 19 November from 6pm to 7.30pm, the Lord Mayor and City staff will be at the Rex Centre (58–60 Macleay Street, Potts Point). They’ll talk to the community about improvements to Macleay Street and Lawrence Hargrave Reserve.

How you can give feedback

You can give feedback on this proposal by completing an online form.

Online form

Consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 3 December.

Feedback may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period. Your name or organisation's name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed. If you would like your feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when making your submission.

Other ways to give your feedback

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you prefer to talk to us in person, please contact the City of Sydney officer listed in contacts.

If you are Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us through the National Relay Service. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service  on 131 450. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

Proposed design and artist's impressions

Lawrence Hargrave Reserve Upgrade - Draft Concept

Artist impression of ‘The Entry Lawn’

Artist impression of ‘The Tree Canopy’’

Artist impression of ‘The Green’y’’

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Key dates

Public consultation period
5 November to 3 December 2019

Community meeting
19 November 2019


Sophie McNamara
Design Manager
02 9265 9333


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Last updated: Wednesday, 4 December 2019