Park upgrade expands cultural and community hub

Park upgrade expands cultural and community hub

East Sydney’s cultural community hub will be a step closer with a major refurbishment of the Albert Sloss Reserve and Heffron Hall, at the corner of Palmer and Burton streets, Darlinghurst, kick starting early next year.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the double-barrelled makeover as multipurpose community spaces will make them the perfect accompaniment to the Eternity Playhouse – the City’s newest theatre opening in November, and new childcare and community facilities planned at 277 Bourke Street.

“The City’s redesign of Albert Sloss Reserve and Heffron Hall, along with the recent transformation of Eternity Playhouse, will provide a great new cultural and community heart for the area and Sydney,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Creating a network of activity hubs will provide much-needed places for the growing local community to meet, work, play, learn and be creative.

“East Sydney will soon be home to a modern 200-seat theatre and creative arts centre with a bar and café, a multipurpose community facility and a new outdoor play space.”

The planned improvements for Albert Sloss Reserve include:

  • New and improved entries from Palmer Street;
  • New play equipment including swings and a climbing structure;
  • A new deck area for the Out of School Hours care service, and for community use outside these hours;
  • More grass areas and trees to provide welcome shade; and
  • New paths, outdoor seats, and energy efficient lights to make it safer at night.

These works form part of the $9 million funding set aside for Heffron Hall’s refurbishment.

The development application for Heffron Hall was lodged last month and includes plans for better Out of School Hours care facilities, more multipurpose hire spaces, a new kitchen, and new foyer with lift access. The building will also be opened up to more natural light, making it more environmentally sustainable.

Albert Sloss Reserve design plans were developed after consultation with the community in February.

Construction of both Heffron Hall and Albert Sloss Reserve is due to start early next year.


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