Johnstons Creek

Johnstons Creek

Our grand harbourside parklands

Our 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.

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, raingardens, 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 raingardens 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.

Getting started

The first project in the master plan was the design of a new park in Forest Lodge. This public park links the existing harbour foreshore parklands in Glebe to Wigram Road and The Crescent, and is within the Harold Park residential development.

The next project will be at The Crescent and Federal Park in Annandale. The works will open up the 5 archways of the Glebe railway viaduct, create a large play are near Federal Park playing field and create a new open space.

Naturalisation project

Sydney Water will naturalise Johnstons Creek between Rozelle Bay and The Crescent. The project includes creating a natural planted stormwater system and increasing salt marsh around the creek. The footbridge near Dalgal Way will be replaced, new seating, a boardwalk and paths will be created.

The project will improve the local environment and create a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy. Construction will start in January 2020 and is expected to finish mid-2021.

Visit Sydney Water to find out more.

Celebrating heritage

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 have been protected and revived as community and retail space.

Last updated: Friday, 13 December 2019