Revised plans to improve Ernest Pedersen Reserve, Glebe

Revised plans to improve Ernest Pedersen Reserve, Glebe

Under review

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

We’ve updated our plans to upgrade the park and playground at Ernest Pedersen Reserve and invite your feedback on the design.

The updated plans reflect community feedback in 2019 on the importance of retaining the quiet and peaceful character of the space, recognising its heritage context and providing more space for wildlife. We’ve also revised the proposed playground elements and design.

The revised proposal includes:

  • a path layout that reflects the original garden of the state heritage-listed Rothwell Lodge and Factory
  • updated signs with more historical information
  • more wildlife habitat with larger garden beds and a new bird bath
  • discreet low fencing for new plants to establish.

The proposed play area will be more informal in character and incorporate natural materials and nature play into the design. The footprint of this area will reduce by around 20% compared to its current size.

Play elements for younger children will be installed away from main views to the nearby heritage building and include:

  • informal nature play, including sandstone balance wall, stepping stones and logs
  • a timber single swing
  • a timber see-saw
  • bark mulch softfall.

We will retain and protect existing plants and trees. Due to the effects of drought and disease, our arborist has indicated 1 Eucalyptus tereticornis (forest red gum) tree will need to be removed. It will be replaced with a tree of the same species. So we can keep the remaining trees, we’ll avoid altering the levels in the park where possible. We’ll follow arborist recommendations in the detailed designs and during construction.

We’ll schedule construction outside of kookaburra breeding season and follow all recommendations to protect wildlife.

How you can give feedback

You can view the revised design and give feedback by completing an online form.

Online form

Consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 25 February 2020.

Ernest Pedersen Reserve pop-up session cancelled

This message is to inform you that the pop-up session scheduled for Saturday 8 February has been cancelled due to severe weather.

If you would like to meet with us about this project during the consultation period, please email to arrange a time.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

If you’re unable to look at the plans online, you can contact Rhianna McAlary on 02 9265 9333 or email to request a printed copy. A printed copy is also available at Glebe Library, 186 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.

Next steps

Following community consultation, the design will be presented to Council, along with any feedback we receive. You’re welcome to attend the Council committee meeting to provide any additional comments. You will need to review the guidelines for speakers at Council committees before you attend.

We will notify everyone who has made a submission before the committee meeting and will keep you updated on times for construction.

Revised design

Aerial view showing proposed improvements including: planting to retain and protect existing trees and habitat, repair fence and retain and protect existing fig tree, new fence, new path alignment that reflects original garden layout with Rothwell Lodge, and new seat locations, raised birdbath, brick paving, handrails on steps, timber swing and see-saw, nature play steppers and balance beams.
Image: Concept plan

Images of proposed materials including decomposed gravel, bricks, bark mulch soft fall, timber nature play, bird bath (indicative only) and a timber swing (indicative only).
Image: Proposed materials

Historic plan for Rothwell Lodge and Garden showing path layout in the reserve around the building, which also shows the layout of the rooms in the lodge.
Image: Rothwell Lodge collections – State Library of NSW

Asphalt footpath and old swings.
Image: Current condition of Ernest Pedersen Reserve

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.

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Key dates

Public consultation period
28 January to 25 February 2020


Helen Rogers
Design Manager

02 9265 9333


Online form

Last updated: Tuesday, 25 February 2020