Green open space is particularly important to our inner city communities. The City's work to provide great parks and open spaces continues with a new fitness space in Sydney Park, revitalisation of Wentworth Park and design of the final stages of the Glebe Foreshore Walk.
Sydney Park will celebrate its 21st birthday in February. As the largest park in the City of Sydney it caters for a diverse range of recreational activities. Members of the local community requested the fitness space and requests for skating and scootering facilities will be considered as part of future works in the park. Installation of the equipment will commence immediately and is expected to be complete by mid-year.
Work to improve access, amenity and visibility at Wentworth Park continues, with stage 2 of the improvements beginning soon. The wall dividing the park will be lowered and replaced so you can see through the park, new stairs will connect the park and Sporting Complex and unused buildings will be removed. New cricket nets will also be installed.
This continues work agreed by the City and the Wentworth Park Sporting Complex and endorsed by Council in 2008 to improve the appearance of the park and sporting complex. In January 2011 stage 1 of this work transformed the park along Wattle Street by opening the six viaducts and providing new player facilities. Work as part of stage 2 should be complete by about May.
Design of the final stages of the Glebe Foreshore Walk will begin this year. The popular walking and cycling path along Blackwattle Bay creates a continuous green pathway from Bicentennial Park and Federal Park on the western end in Annandale to Ferry Road in Glebe.
Currently, walkers and riders have to get around the Sydney Secondary College campus to continue on to the Fish Markets, Wentworth Park and central Sydney. The final stages of the project will continue the pathway along the foreshore through the school grounds and improve footpaths on Bridge Road between the school and the Fish Markets.
Discussions will soon begin with the local community as part of the design process, and City staff are currently negotiating with the Department of Education about the new section of pathway. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the design when it is publically exhibited and reported to Council later this year.