On the weekend I opened the upgraded St James Park in Glebe. St James Park is the latest example of the City's work to build high-quality community spaces and attractive places to relax.
The $2.1 million revamp came after a full public consultation process which included several public meetings and your feedback through a dedicated website. Later this year, work will also begin on the adjoining John Street Reserve which will include new plantings and a habitat for blue wrens.
A beautiful new timber and brick pavilion overlooks the resurfaced tennis courts and a new adventure playground for children. The 3,600 square metre space now has larger and healthier grass areas and pathways.
A hundred years ago, a homestead called Inverness stood on the site. In acknowledgement of that history, the new plantings are faithful to the original gardens of Inverness.
Other features include etching of drawings made by local children in the tree-house deck, a sandpit for toddlers that has been built with sandstone from the old Pyrmont Bridge, a timber balancing boardwalk and an informal stage.
Well-designed parks and open spaces are vital for people with small backyards or none at all. St James is just the latest in a city-wide drive to upgrade our parks, large and small, to maximise green space and the pleasure and health benefits that people get from it.