Have your say on new park names

Have your say on new park names

Sydneysiders are invited to have their say on naming two new parks that will delight youngsters, green the city and pay tribute to local history.

From early education pioneers to historic trams, the proposed names – Frances Newton Reserve in Darlinghurst and Argyle Street Playground in Millers Point – recall Sydney’s rich and diverse history.

“The new parks and playgrounds will provide valuable open space, play equipment, picnic areas and community gardens for the people living and working in our city,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“With more than three quarters of city residents living in apartments, the need for high-quality parks and playgrounds is greater than ever.

“The City invites all people living and working in the city to take part in the naming of the parks by offering their feedback on the proposed names.”

Council has proposed that a new pocket park at the site of a former child care centre in Darlinghurst be named after the influential early childhood educator, Frances Newton.

American born Frances Newton was a leading figure in expanding childhood education in Australia. From 1902 to 1905, she served as principal of the Sydney Kindergarten Training College and was responsible for expanding free kindergartens in Sydney.

“Honouring the legacy of Frances Newton and the kindergarten movement, the site will continue to provide a playful space for local children,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The pocket park currently under construction will include a fun nature play area, open lawns and garden beds. And the community garden will become a great place to grow fresh produce and meet your neighbours.”

Council also proposed that a new playground currently under construction in Millers Point be named Argyle Street Playground. Reflecting on the history of the site as a former tram terminus and turning circle, signs in the playground will provide information about Sydney’s historic tram network.

The completed playground will include children’s play equipment, open lawns, seating and picnic space.

The City of Sydney local government area has more than 400 parks, including 330 small parks and playgrounds. The City’s parks cover a total area of more than 188 hectares.

You can comment on the park naming proposal at sydneyyoursay.com.au until 5pm on 19 May 2017.

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Advisor Angela Salt. Phone 0455 958 503 or email asalt@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson. Phone 0499 319 385 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Image caption: Argyle Street Playground in Millers Point currently under construction.