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New urban parks for Sydney

Aug 25, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor

Designs for two well-known parks in Sydney’s Kings Cross have been unveiled as part of a community consultation process.

Prominent Sydney architects Hill Thalis, who formed part of the design team behind the award-winning Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, worked with Sue Barnsley Landscape Architecture and the City of Sydney to create the designs for Fitzroy Gardens and Lawrence Hargrave Reserve.

The redesign of Fitzroy Gardens incorporates green open space with intimate garden areas, improved pedestrian concourse and bicycle parking, more seating and a new façade for the police station.

The new designs for Lawrence Hargrave Reserve include community garden space with areas for fruit trees, as well as improved access for pedestrians and improved connections with Fitzroy Gardens.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the parks are significant features of Kings Cross and should reflect the personality of the area. “Kings Cross has always been known for its vibrant cultural life and these parks need to be an extension of this character.”

The designs for both parks come after the first stage of community consultation, with features that respond to the requests of local residents. Both plans are now on display at a public exhibition, inviting feedback that will allow the design team to refine their plans.

Construction on Fitzroy Gardens is due to commence in mid-late 2011, while a construction date for Lawrence Hargrave Reserve is yet to be set.

The designs will be on public display until 9 September 2010. Feedback can be provided at [“www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au”:http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/].

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