Open Space, Sports and Recreation Needs Study

Consultation has concluded

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on how the City proposes to plan, manage and provide new parks, open space and sports and recreation facilities in the City of Sydney.

This will help the City to meet the demands of Sydney's growing population, and manage competing demands for open space and sports facilities. For example, the City will allocate more than $400 million over the next 10 years to improve existing assets, as well as provide new parks, sports and recreation facilities across the local area.

The public exhibition was held from Tuesday 17 May to Friday 1 July 2016. During this time we asked for your feedback on how well you think this Study outlined the current and future challenges faced by the City, and sets benchmarks for future open space. We also asked for your feedback on our strategic directions and key actions which are our road map for providing open space, sports and recreation in the future.

The consultation is now closed and was reported to Council in November 2016. You can view the final Sports and Recreation Needs Study 2016, consultation report, summary of responses and schedule of amendments.

Thanks for being part of planning for open space, sports and recreation in the City of Sydney.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on how the City proposes to plan, manage and provide new parks, open space and sports and recreation facilities in the City of Sydney.

This will help the City to meet the demands of Sydney's growing population, and manage competing demands for open space and sports facilities. For example, the City will allocate more than $400 million over the next 10 years to improve existing assets, as well as provide new parks, sports and recreation facilities across the local area.

The public exhibition was held from Tuesday 17 May to Friday 1 July 2016. During this time we asked for your feedback on how well you think this Study outlined the current and future challenges faced by the City, and sets benchmarks for future open space. We also asked for your feedback on our strategic directions and key actions which are our road map for providing open space, sports and recreation in the future.

The consultation is now closed and was reported to Council in November 2016. You can view the final Sports and Recreation Needs Study 2016, consultation report, summary of responses and schedule of amendments.

Thanks for being part of planning for open space, sports and recreation in the City of Sydney.

Consultation has concluded
  • Open Space Needs Study reported to Council

    5 months ago

    The outcomes of the Open Space, Sports and Recreation Needs Study are being reported to the City of Sydney's Environment Committee on Monday 14 November, ahead of the Council meeting on Monday 21 November. You can see the Council report on the Environment Committee page.

    The Summary of Submissions is available in Attachment A. A Schedule of Amendments is in Attachment B. The Consultation Report is available in Attachment C. Thank you to everyone who made a submission to this Study.


    The outcomes of the Open Space, Sports and Recreation Needs Study are being reported to the City of Sydney's Environment Committee on Monday 14 November, ahead of the Council meeting on Monday 21 November. You can see the Council report on the Environment Committee page.

    The Summary of Submissions is available in Attachment A. A Schedule of Amendments is in Attachment B. The Consultation Report is available in Attachment C. Thank you to everyone who made a submission to this Study.


  • Thanks for giving us your feedback on parks and recreation

    9 months ago
    Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback on the City’s draft Open Space, Sports and Recreation Needs Study. The Study was placed on public exhibition from Tuesday 17 May to Friday 1 July 2016.

    There was a good response, including more than 1,200 visits to the SydneyYourSay page; 728 study document downloads; 92 completed feedback forms and 19 submissions. The majority of participants indicated they were current users of open space, parks, sports and recreation facilities in the City of Sydney.

    Overall, the response to the Study was positive, with support for the City’s strategic directions and the proposed... Continue reading

    Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback on the City’s draft Open Space, Sports and Recreation Needs Study. The Study was placed on public exhibition from Tuesday 17 May to Friday 1 July 2016.

    There was a good response, including more than 1,200 visits to the SydneyYourSay page; 728 study document downloads; 92 completed feedback forms and 19 submissions. The majority of participants indicated they were current users of open space, parks, sports and recreation facilities in the City of Sydney.

    Overall, the response to the Study was positive, with support for the City’s strategic directions and the proposed capital works expenditure over the next 10 years.

    Through this public exhibition, the City has gained a good understanding of the future priorities of people who use open space, parks and sports and recreation facilities, as well as an indication of the strategic directions and actions which are supported by the community and stakeholders.

    A number of specific comments, suggestions and requests were captured throughout the consultation process, including:
    • Requests for new skate facilities in the City of Sydney;
    • Requests for hockey facilities, including for the Glebe Hockey Club;
    • The important role of parks and recreation facilities in promoting health and well-being and community connections;
    • Requests for upgrades to community and recreation facilities in Pyrmont/Ultimo.
    These issues and others and included in the Submissions Report which will be reported to Council later in 2016.
  • Sydneysiders helping shape parks and recreation

    11 months ago
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    Your involvement in helping to plan for and design our parks and open spaces is a key part of the way we do things at the City of Sydney. We are proud of our track record of working with the community to help deliver new and improved parks, open spaces and sports and recreation facilities, from small playgrounds and pocket parks, to landmark facilities such as the Gunyama Park Aquatic Recreation Centre coming to Green Square.

    Our community engagement process helps us to ensure our designs meet the needs, insights and aspirations of the local community - to make sure... Continue reading

    Your involvement in helping to plan for and design our parks and open spaces is a key part of the way we do things at the City of Sydney. We are proud of our track record of working with the community to help deliver new and improved parks, open spaces and sports and recreation facilities, from small playgrounds and pocket parks, to landmark facilities such as the Gunyama Park Aquatic Recreation Centre coming to Green Square.

    Our community engagement process helps us to ensure our designs meet the needs, insights and aspirations of the local community - to make sure it's a place that you want to go and use!

    Typically, our approach involves sharing our concept design, working with local students, schools and youth organisations, seeking online feedback here at SydneyYourSay, or speaking with the community at pop ups in local parks and shopping centres.

    Your feedback is then collated and considered by architects, project managers and design managers, to help refine, shape and develop the design before it is presented to the Council for endorsement. Community involvement is a key strategy direction in the draft Study, so thanks for being part of our community engagement process. Sign up to SydneyYourSay to stay involved and help shape Sydney.

  • New facilities

    11 months ago

    The study proposes providing more sports and recreation facilities throughout the City of Sydney. Some of the key suggestions are included below:

    – 5 new sports fields are estimated to the provided consisting of Gunyama Park, Green Square, Perry Park, Alexandria and 2-3 fields through s.94 open space acquisition plan funding;
    – 1 non-standard size sports field at Federal Park, Annandale;
    – 3 casual active recreation spaces proposed for Garraway Park, Green Square, McPherson Park, Ashmore Estate and Harold Park, Forest Lodge;
    – Develop partnerships with schools and other agencies to increase public access to sport field facilities;
    – 2... Continue reading

    The study proposes providing more sports and recreation facilities throughout the City of Sydney. Some of the key suggestions are included below:

    – 5 new sports fields are estimated to the provided consisting of Gunyama Park, Green Square, Perry Park, Alexandria and 2-3 fields through s.94 open space acquisition plan funding;
    – 1 non-standard size sports field at Federal Park, Annandale;
    – 3 casual active recreation spaces proposed for Garraway Park, Green Square, McPherson Park, Ashmore Estate and Harold Park, Forest Lodge;
    – Develop partnerships with schools and other agencies to increase public access to sport field facilities;
    – 2 indoor and 2 outdoor courts at Perry Park, Alexandria;
    – Provision of half / non-standard size courts in new and upgrade park projects when feasible;
    – new aquatic centre at Green Square;
    – new district level playground at Federal Park;
    – recommendation to assess feasibility to provide City Centre play space;
    – additional skate facilities at Federal Park, Sydney Park and Green Square; and
    – increasing diversity of recreation facilities such as outdoor gyms, walking paths, chess boards and amenity to support companion animal exercise.

  • Key findings about sports facilities

    11 months ago
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    The City has completed a Sports Facility Demand Study. This process included consultation with facility managers, schools, sporting organisations and local Councils which neighbour the City. The study showed that demand for sporting facilities often exceeds supply, which is underscored by a high population of young people (18-39 years) in the City of Sydney and 74.5% of residents living in high density housing.

    City Centre sport and recreation opportunities such as lunch time field and court sports are under pressure with Domain parklands and recreation centres such as KGV at over capacity to accommodate demand.

    The City is experiencing changes... Continue reading

    The City has completed a Sports Facility Demand Study. This process included consultation with facility managers, schools, sporting organisations and local Councils which neighbour the City. The study showed that demand for sporting facilities often exceeds supply, which is underscored by a high population of young people (18-39 years) in the City of Sydney and 74.5% of residents living in high density housing.

    City Centre sport and recreation opportunities such as lunch time field and court sports are under pressure with Domain parklands and recreation centres such as KGV at over capacity to accommodate demand.

    The City is experiencing changes to the way sport is played and the way sports fields are used. The casualisation of sport to “show up and play” has seen an increase in the popularityof small team, half-size field sports such as 6-a-side soccer, touch football and Oztag.

    By 2031 the number of additional fields required compared to current provision could be as high as 20 fields. This provision will only be possible through the use of synthetic fields to increase current sports field capacity, partnerships with other sports field providers and allowing some areas of passive open space to be converted to active sports fields. A subregional approach is also required to sports field planning and management.

    There are currently 91 full-sized outdoor sports courts in the City of Sydney catering for tennis, basketball, netball and other sports. Demand for an additional 17-18 multi-purpose courts will be required by 2031.
    There are currently 21 full sized indoor sports courts in the City of Sydney catering for basketball, netball, volleyball and other sports. Demand for an additional 11 indoor multi-purpose courts will be required by 2031.