Chelsea Street Community Drop-In Session

(2pm, Saturday 4 May 2013, Chelsea Street Playground)

Hello, everyone. Thank you for coming here today. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our City.

The City has a strong commitment to improving public open space, whether it's big spaces like Redfern Park or smaller areas like this one.

Since 2006, we've upgraded a total of 42 small parks and playgrounds, and the Chelsea Street Playground will be our 43rd.

We began last June by asking you about the playground - how it's used, what you liked about it and what improvements you'd like to see.

In October, we also spoke to children from Bourke Street Public School and feedback from both consultations helped shape the design plans. I've since been back to the school and shown the draft plans to the children there.

The new designs include a deconstructed cubby house, basket swings, ball cones and an improved grass area for ball games and walking dogs.

Other improvements include outdoor seating and spaces for relaxation; new playground facilities; a barbecue and provision for a possible community garden; a better entry to the park from Rennie Street and new tree and shrub plantings.

This will help bring the Chelsea Street Playground up to the standard of other City parks and playgrounds and fit it for years more use by local children and the local community.

So I invite you all to look at the design plans today and talk to our staff about them. We'll be happy to hear your feedback, and once again, thank you for coming here today.