Project News And Thanks to Everyone Who Has Had Their Say So Far

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Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the consultation so far. We had a great day at the markets last Saturday and a flood of submissions since then - keep them coming please!

More News On The Project:

Council adopted a resolution on Monday night (30th July 2012) relating to the development of the playground design. You can access the resolution here.

Below is some additional information that may be useful when interpreting the draft concept design:

History of the Playground in Fitzroy Gardens:

The history of Fitzroy Gardens is being carefully considered in the design of the new playground and a Heritage Impact Statement will be prepared for the developed design.

A comprehensive heritage assessment of Fitzroy Gardens and Lawrence Hargrave Reserve was carried out in 2010. This report is available here. This report reveals that the current site of the children's playground was identified for this use in the first plans of 1939, predating the 1970 redesign of the Gardens by Ilmars Berzins.

The size of the current playground is 140sqm, only about half the size it was during the 1960s and 70s.

The current proposed concept design increases the size of the playground to 470sqm by incorporating the adjacent paved space and concrete steps.

All elements associated with the Ilmars Berzins design of Fitzroy Gardens will be retained and no trees will be removed as part of the playground upgrade. The proposed concept design includes more planting (as well as more seating). Please see the the scoping report for more information on the development of the proposed concept design.


Safety-by-design principals are a key consideration in the concept design. It is proposed that the new playground be fully enclosed by fencing and raised garden beds. Lighting, sightlines and passive surveillance are being carefully considered.

If you would like more information, have a browse through the library on the right hand side of this page, or contact Kristin Gabriel, Community Consultation Coordinator ph: 9246 7398 or

And stay tuned to this website for more updates on this important project for the kids of Kings Cross, Elizabeth Bay and Potts Point.


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