Impressive Upgrades to Redfern Parks are Underway

  • Mums & Bubs

Redfern’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture will be at the heart of plans to upgrade three parks in this vibrant Sydney community.

Upgrades will enhance over 4,500 square metres of park space at Redfern Community Centre open space, Yellomundee Park, and Hugo Street Reserve. With input from the community, these parks will become greener, cooler, and more welcoming, featuring an abundance of native trees and plants.

Impressive Upgrades to Redfern Parks are Underway

Redfern Park Upgrades
Redfern Park Upgrades

"As our city grows and more areas are developed, creating inviting places where the local community can come together and socialise is even more important," said Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO.

"The residents who live near these parks share a strong sense of community and they've told us they want them to be friendly and inviting places where children can play safely. Our upgrades will improve spaces for sport and recreation while creating new playgrounds for families to come together and enjoy" she added.

With increased development around Redfern station and the upcoming metro station at Waterloo, these park upgrades will ensure that the local community, especially the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, have spaces to enjoy and the chance to shape their neighbourhoods.

Residents have expressed a desire for parks that are friendly, safe, and conducive to community bonding. The planned upgrades will cater to these needs, improving areas for sport, recreation, and family activities. So what will that actually look like? Read on! 

Redfern Community Centre open space proposal includes:

  • a larger playground for various age groups
  • expanded lawn area for events and free play
  • new shaded barbecue and seating area
  • an activated Redfern terrace for storytelling through a ‘living museum’ as part of the Eora Journey: Recognition in the Public Domain vision
  • low wall seating, more bins, bubblers, and improved lighting.

Yellomundee Park proposal includes:

  • a new gathering space in the park's centre
  • enhanced lawn areas and potential community garden plots
  • a new path through the park
  • accessible seating, bins, bubblers, and better lighting.

Hugo Street Reserve proposal includes:

  • upgraded basketball court with noise minimisation features
  • improved off-leash dog area to the south
  • enhanced lawn and garden area to the north
  • new seating, bins, bubblers, and improved lighting.

These upgrades will increase native greening and provide opportunities for residents to connect to Country.

Once approved by the Council, a multi-disciplinary design team, including an Aboriginal cultural specialist, will work on the project with the local community. The City of Sydney will also seek to involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and workers in the design and construction phases.

We can't wait to see these spaces come to life, offering Sydneysiders the chance to connect with history, heritage and Country. Watch this space for further updates! 

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