Residents are invited to put on their walking boots and join City of Sydney staff on a walking tour to discuss ambitious new plans to link the Johnstons Creek parklands with green spaces from Glebe to Annandale.
When completed, the parklands will form part of Sydney’s longest green connected open space, with walkways, recreation areas, wetlands and woodlands that residents and visitors can enjoy all year round.
The walking tours take place this Saturday (4 May) and are part of a drop-in day where the draft master plan for Johnstons Creek will be presented.
Marquees will be set up in two locations: Bicentennial Park near Federal Road in Glebe, and at the playground in Federal Park near Chapman Road in Annandale.
There will also be a barbeque and children’s activities, including face painting.
The City’s project team will be on hand to answer any questions about the parklands plans, and will give guided tours around Johnstons Creek at 11am and 1pm. Places for each site tour are limited.
“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 our great green spaces along for all 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.”
The five-hectare portion of land called Johnstons Creek lies along the Glebe and Annandale border, stretching through the old Rozelle tram depot and Harold Park Paceway.
The plans will connect it with the Glebe Foreshore, Bicentennial Park, Jubilee Park and Federal Park, to create a total of 32 hectares of parklands.
These connected parklands will include boardwalks, elevated walkways and viewing platforms through wetlands, woodland habitats and tree-lined avenues.
The City has consulted extensively with the local community, and final plans will be considered by Council later in the year.
Key features 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.
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.
For more information and to have your say, visit sydneyyoursay.com.au/johnstons-creek-parklands.
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