The City of Sydney is seeking feedback on a draft master plan for Johnstons Creek parklands in Glebe which includes boardwalks, elevated walkways and viewing platforms through wetlands, woodland habitats and tree-lined avenues.
The five-hectare portion of land along the Glebe and Annandale border, which stretches through the old Rozelle tram depot and Harold Park Paceway, will be reclaimed for the community as series of high-quality, connected open spaces.
“Our growing population in the inner city needs significant green open spaces. These spaces provide opportunities for exercise and activity – somewhere to walk the dogs and a haven to take some peaceful time out,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“The City has developed the draft Johnstons Creek Master Plan to help guide the creation of new green open space for the community. The plan aims to add another five hectares to local green open space which already includes the Glebe Foreshore, Bicentennial Park, Jubilee Park and Federal Park.
“When finalised, the master plan will have helped guide the creation of an enormous 32-hectare connected parkland for thousands of people to enjoy every day. It will also have protected natural habitats for native species now and into the future for Annandale, Glebe and Forrest Lodge.”
The green spaces will extend along the length of The Crescent, and stretch through the old Rozelle tram depot and former Harold Park Paceway sites to Wigram Road.
Features of the draft Johnstons Creek Master Plan include:
- 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 childcare, community meetings and activities, and public amenities;
- New fresh water wetlands, expanded salt marsh and areas of woodlands, shrublands and grassland habitats for local wildlife;
- Improved water quality in the parklands with rain gardens and natural landscape features;
- Jubilee Oval and Federal Park playing area upgrades and a new area for junior sports in The Crescent lands area; and
- A range of paths, boardwalks and viewing platforms connecting all parts of the parklands.
Work began on the plan last year, with the City consulting extensively with the local community. The draft Johnstons Creek Master Plan will be on exhibition at the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Johnston St, and the Glebe Neighbourhood Service Centre, 186 Glebe Point Road, from 19 April until 17 May.
Final plans will be considered by Council later in the year.
There will also be a Community Open Day on 4 May between 10am-2pm, and the Lord Mayor will attend at 11am in Bicentennial Park
Marquees will be established in Bicentennial Park near Federal Road in Glebe, and at the playground in Federal Park near Chapman Road in Annandale.
The project team will give guided tours of the parklands at 11am and 1pm. Bookings are not required but there will be a limit of 15 people on each tour.
For more information and to have your say, visit sydneyyoursay.com.au/johnstons-creek-parklands.
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