Good things can come in small packages!
Our much-loved pocket park on Chelsea Street, Redfern, has just taken top honours in the "Parks and Open Space" category of the 2016 AILA NSW Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards.
It's a great example of what we're able to do with the limited green space we have – when our community share brilliant ideas and our wonderful staff work hard to deliver them.
For this project, we talked to locals and the kids at Bourke Street Public School about what was important to them, then installed a children’s play area, barbeque facilities, flower and vegetable gardens, an entertaining area and a dog lawn.
In the 1950s, a car repair business owned by William Park occupied this site until his factory and workshop were demolished in 1979. It was then turned into a park, but like so many parks in the City at that time it became a dust-bowl of neglect.
I'm proud that over the past 12 years we've made the City a more livable place for families and children – and with so many in apartments or small terraces without backyards, we have to keep updating or creating new play space for our youngest residents! Chelsea Street Playground is a really great example of us doing just that.
Read more about the award here: http://www.governmentnews.com.au/2016/08/urban-design-accolade-sydney-pocket-park/