Your feedback on the revised design for James Watkinson Reserve, Pyrmont

In response to community feedback we’ve revised the proposed design for James Watkinson Reserve, Pyrmont.

Project Status: Open for feedback

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Why we’re doing this

The feedback we received in December 2020 gave a clear message the park is an important social space for the local community. The playground is well used and about the right size, but the equipment is also is old, tired and should be replaced.

People would also like to see more seats for children, parents and carers, more shade and better links between the playground, seats, and paths. The use of more natural materials and providing added nature play experiences would be supported.

What we’re doing

The proposal for James Watkinson Reserve includes:

  • retaining and protecting the existing mature trees and park character
  • removing the old timber stairs and platform structure
  • cliff stabilisation repairs and rebuilding sandstone walls
  • new sandstone link path to provide better access
  • renewing the play equipment to focus on younger children and includes slides, servery and lookout deck, double swings with bucket seat and nature play area
  • new path lights to improve night-time safety
  • replacing the barbecues with new accessible units and tables
  • providing more seats and a new water bubbler with a dog bowl
  • improving the turf grass area and adding new shrub and groundcover plants.
In the foreground a woman holds a child's hand walking through the park, while others walk along new pathways. In the background the children's play equipment is surrounded by seating and is shaded by mature trees.
James Watkinson Reserve, Pyrmont Artist’s impression of the proposed design.
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Next steps

We will report all feedback and design changes to Council, and we will continue to a detailed design. We will keep you updated on the progress of this project.

How you can give feedback

Consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 27 September 2021.

We have a range of ways you can provide your feedback:

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 contribution.

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