Harold Park

Harold Park

The right track

Harold Park is in Forest Lodge, near Glebe and Annandale. The City of Sydney and the Central Sydney Planning Committee shared planning control of this urban renewal project and Mirvac developed the site.

NSW Harness Racing Club privately owned the Harold Park Paceway since 1911. The paceway's popularity hit a peak in the 1960s, when crowds of up to 50,000 people flocked to the venue to watch the races. The Rozelle Tram Depot was home to working trams from 1904 to the 1960s.

The City adopted new planning controls following extensive consultation with the local community to balance the interests of residents, businesses and the land owners, and the need to meet targets for new inner-city housing. The project includes 1,300 new residences to house around 2,600 people.

Homes are close to light rail, new parks and nearly 2km of walking and cycling paths will connect Harold Park to the surrounding area. The former Rozelle tram depot's been conserved and higher sustainability targets mean the new homes use less energy and water.

Harold Park's visual impact has been minimised by restricting building heights to the equivalent of the 2 to 3 storey terraces on nearby cliffs in Glebe and Forest Lodge.

In July 2012, the Central Sydney Planning Committee approved the overall master plan for the site, known as the stage 1 development application, and then approved detailed development applications for buildings in precincts 1 and 2 in September 2012.

Construction started in October 2012 and the first residents moved to the precinct in 2014. 

Affordable housing

To provide more affordable housing options for key workers, the City secured a parcel of land at the corner of Ross Street and Wigram Road through a planning agreement with the developer.

The land was sold by the City to City West Housing to develop 76 apartments for long-term affordable rental accommodation. Apartments are to be rented to a mix of very low, low and moderate income earners at below 30% of household income. Up to 20 of the units will comply with design guidelines that make them suitable for elderly residents and people with disability.

Proceeds from the sale of the land have been placed in the City's affordable housing fund to be allocated as grants to help other affordable rental housing projects across the local area.

Naming the site

In early 2014, the developer of Harold Park, Mirvac, asked the City of Sydney to consider identifying the site as a new suburb or changing the boundary of the site so it became part of Glebe.

In order for this change to happen, the Geographical Names Board of NSW requires community consultation and acceptance of a proposal.

In April 2014, the City asked the community about this proposal providing 4 options to choose from: 

  • Identifying the redevelopment as the new suburb named 'Harold Park'.
  • Changing the suburb boundary to include the redevelopment in Glebe rather than Forest Lodge.
  • Identifying the redevelopment as an 'urban place', not an official suburb.
  • No changes to the suburb names or boundaries.
Over 400 submissions from the community showed strong opposition to change across the 4 options. This was presented to Council alongside the City’s assessment of the proposal against the Geographical Names Board of NSW Guidelines on 3 November 2014. Council resolved to not proceed with a suburb name or boundary change or name it as an urban place. As a result, the Harold Park development remains in the suburb of Forest Lodge.

New public park

The developer was required to dedicate more than one-third of the privately-owned site to the City for a public park – 3.8 hectares of previously private space has now become open public space.

The new public park forms part of the Johnstons Creek master plan, adopted by Council in August 2013. It links surrounding suburbs to Bicentennial, Federal and Jubilee parks.

In March 2014, we once again consulted with the community on the new public park in Harold Park. Using feedback from the consultation, as well as technical information gained from working onsite, we refined the design, which Council endorsed in May 2014. Work began in November 2015 and recent drainage and improvement works are now complete. 

The park's features include:

  • open spaces and habitat areas linked by the existing cliff line
  • stormwater harvesting and treatment 
  • cycling and walking paths connecting neighbourhoods and parklands
  • playgrounds, picnic areas and open grass spaces
  • historical interpretations and art opportunities
  • lighting and park furniture.
Harold Park was officially launched by the Lord Mayor on 27 October 2018.

Contacts

City of Sydney02 9265 9333

Last updated: Monday, 29 October 2018