How does the City plan to address future challenges and continue to provide open space,sports and recreation facilities?

The following nine strategy directons are the City's response to future opporunities and challenges for open space,sports and recreation. 

1.More open space for a growing population

Open Space acquisition to address community demand and needs

2. Better parks, sport and recreation facilities

Improving the quality and capacity of open space, sport and recreation facilities.

3. Improve the provision and diversity of sport and recreation facilities

Providing an appropriate range and distribution of recreation and sporting opportunities.

4. Access to recreation in the City will be inclusive and accessible for all

Providing barrier free opportunities for all of the community to use and enjoy our parks, sport and recreation facilities.

5. Linking the network

Achieving a linked open space, sport and recreation facility network.

6. Involving the community

Facilitate and encourage participation in open space, sport and recreation facility development and use.

7. Recreation will be environmentally sustainable

Contributing to the City and Local Government Area’s environmental targets

8. Looking after our parks, sport and recreation facilities

Efficient and effective planning, management and maintenance of our resources.

9. Beyond the Boundary

Sub regional open space, sport and Recreational planning and co-ordination.

What are some of the key actions suggested in the Strategy?

- Over $400 million allocated to parks, sport and recreation facilities in the City's 10 year capital works program 
 - Providing flexible and multi-purpose facilities, including courts and playing fields

- Acquiring new land for open space, sports and recreation facilities
- Prioritising land acquisition that can accommodate sports fields
 - Improving the capacity of sports fields through use of synthetic surfaces to increase available hours for use
- Working with schools and other agencies to increase the open space network
- Ongoing roll out of small parks renewal program
 - Continuing to provide programs for community involvement, including City Farm, bushcare and community gardens
- Providing a sub-regional or district approach to planning and managing open space to ensure an integrated and coordinated approach

How much open space is there in the City of Sydney?

The City owns or manages approximately 189.5Ha of public open space and when combined with the public open space which is managed by other authorities, there is a total of approximately 386 Ha.

This represents 14.8% of the City’s total land area.

Since 2004, 18.3 Ha of additional open space has been added to the network.

This includes:

• 7.2 Ha added to City open space network*

*includes parks developed by SHFA but now under management of City;

• 11.1 Ha by other Agencies**

**includes Barangaroo Reserve

What bechmarks does the Study suggest for providing open space in the City?

The State Government’s Recreation and Open Space Planning Guidelines for Local Government. (Department of Planning 2010), provide default standards for open space

planning in NSW. These include 9% of site area for local and district level open space provision and 15% of site area including regional open space provision.

The projected 36Ha of open space to be added to the City’s network by 2030 will increase open space site area to 16.2%.

This does not include open space provision projected from State Government urban renewal areas.

What has the City already done to improve parks and open spaces?

The City of Sydney has undertaken a major capital works program, with over $270 million spent across its open space network since 2004. This has resulted in substantial
improvements and increase in the recreational capacity and quality of the parks, to better meet growing and changing community demand.