Fitzroy Gardens Playground

Consultation has concluded

Where do the kids from Kings Cross, Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay go to play? Fitzroy Gardens playground, that's where! The City is catering for the growing number of families in the area by making this key outdoor playspace better.

Council endorsed the refined concept design  for the upgrade of the Fitzroy Gardens playground on 12th November 2012. We would like to thank everyone who got involved and had their say on this important project. Construction will start mid 2013.


Consultation has concluded
  • Report on Fitzroy Gardens Playgounds to Council Committee on 5 November

    A report  will be presented for discussion at the next Environment Committee meeting on 5th November 2012.  It includes the refined concept design for the playground, a statement of heritage impact and the outcomes of community consultation.

    The report is now available to view online.

    Committee meetings begin at 2pm in the Council Chamber, Sydney Town Hall. Guidelines for community members wishing to speak at committee meetings can be found here.

    Thank you to all those who took to the time to make submissions on this project.

    by Yvette 01 Nov 2012, 11:51 AM
  • Thanks for your feedback

    Thank you  - we are busy processing your feedback on the Draft Concept Design for the Fitzroy Gardens playground.  Submissions closed at COB on Friday 31 August 2012. 

    Thank you to everyone who looked at the concept designs, filled out our online feedback form or came along to  our drop-in stall at the Kings Cross Organic Markets on Saturday 28th July 2012 between 8am-2pm.

    Please check back for updates and a summary of feedback received during the consultation period.


    by Project Coordinator 31 Aug 2012, 05:11 PM
  • Deadline for Phase 2 Consultation Extended!

    Thanks to everyone who has had their say so far. We are extending the deadline for feedback on the proposed concept design for the renewal of Fitzroy Gardens Playground until close of business Friday 31st August 2012. So fill out our feedback form, join the conversation and watch this space for updates.

    by Project Coordinator 14 Aug 2012, 12:26 PM
  • Project News And Thanks to Everyone Who Has Had Their Say So Far


    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.


    by Project Coordinator 04 Aug 2012, 03:31 PM
  • Phase 2 is Launched!


    The City has had a great response to Phase 1 of community consultation for the renewal of the Fitzroy Gardens Playground - 63 people took our survey, 44 submitted comments forms, 1 person phoned in and 40 kindergarten students at Darlinghurst Public School participated in the school-based consultation activity.

    Results showed that the playground is well used and highly valued by local families. It is a key play facility for local children and its central location means that it is an important meeting place for parents and carers, helping them to form friendships and maintain the strong sense of community that can be found amongst families in the area.

    There is very strong support the City’s renewal of the playground, with clear demand for a bigger play space with high quality equipment that creates opportunities for a wide range of play experiences. We invite you to have a look at the consultation report for a deeper understanding of the outcomes.

    In the meantime we would like to thank everyone who contributed. We have used your feedback, along with technical and feasibility studies to create a concept design. We now invite you to give us your thoughts and responses to this via our feedback form.

    Or you can drop in to our stall at the Kings Cross Organic Markets, Saturday 28th July 2012 from 8am-2pm. The project team will be there to discuss the design and answer your questions. We will also have feedback forms for you to fill in and craft activities for the kids.

    Phase 2 of consultation will close on the 17th August 2012.

    If you would like more information on the project please contact Kristin Gabriel, Community Engagement Coordinator ph: 9246 7398 or

    So stay tuned and make sure you have your say on this key facility for kids in Kings Cross, Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay.

    by Project Coordinator 27 Jul 2012, 02:42 PM
  • Drop In Stall at Kings Cross Markets - Have Your Say Saturday 5th May 2012.

    The City of Sydney wants to talk with you about the proposed upgrade of the Fitzroy Gardens Playground. We will be out at Kings Cross Markets on Saturday 5th May 2012. Drop in to our stall between 8am and 2pm and chat with the project team, fill out a feedback form and complete a survey for playground users. We will also have activities for the kids so that we can understand what they want from this key outdoor play space for the Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay area.

    by Project Coordinator 30 Apr 2012, 02:54 PM
  • Walking Tour of the Playgrounds of Erskineville


    What kinds of play equipment would you like to see in the Fitzroy Gardens Playground? What do your kids like to use? Want some ideas?

    Then bring the whole family on our walking tour and be inspired by the unique and imaginitive playgrounds of Erskineville. Our expert guide will take you to parks of all shapes and sizes and show you the kinds of experiences the City has provided in other areas - plus the kids can have fun trying out new equipment.

    Date: Sunday 29th April 2012

    Time: 10:00am-11:30am

    Place: Meet us at the Flora and Knight Reserve, Flora Street Erskineville.

    Bookings not necessary

    Can't make it? Then download our self-guided map and take the tour whenever it suits you.

    by Project Coordinator 13 Apr 2012, 11:04 AM