St James Park and John Street Reserve

Consultation has concluded

The City of Sydney has plans to renew St James Park and John Street Reserve in Glebe to better connect the spaces, and provide new grassed areas, upgraded facilities, native habitat and new play equipment.

On 10 December 2012 Council resolved to endorse the refined concept design http://goo.gl/vSNtS

The City is continuing to work with the local community to ensure that the project addresses community interests. We invite you to stay tuned to this webpage as we will be posting news items, documents and updates on the project here.

If you have any queries, please contact Adam Lander, Community Engagement Officer, on 02 9265 9526 or at alander@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au


The City of Sydney has plans to renew St James Park and John Street Reserve in Glebe to better connect the spaces, and provide new grassed areas, upgraded facilities, native habitat and new play equipment.

On 10 December 2012 Council resolved to endorse the refined concept design http://goo.gl/vSNtS

The City is continuing to work with the local community to ensure that the project addresses community interests. We invite you to stay tuned to this webpage as we will be posting news items, documents and updates on the project here.

If you have any queries, please contact Adam Lander, Community Engagement Officer, on 02 9265 9526 or at alander@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au


Consultation has concluded
  • John St Reserve Project Update July 2015

    over 1 year ago

    The City of Sydney continues to work with the local community on the renewal of John Street Reserve. The latest update for the project is as follows:

    Trees in the reserve:

    There are currently 5 mature trees in the reserve providing shade during summer. 3 of the trees are celtis spp, an invasive exotic tree that spreads throughout Sydney, including native bushland. All 3 will be removed and replaced with other mature trees over time.

    The first tree to be removed is the celtis on the south western boundary. It will be removed this year as part of construction works... Continue reading

    The City of Sydney continues to work with the local community on the renewal of John Street Reserve. The latest update for the project is as follows:

    Trees in the reserve:

    There are currently 5 mature trees in the reserve providing shade during summer. 3 of the trees are celtis spp, an invasive exotic tree that spreads throughout Sydney, including native bushland. All 3 will be removed and replaced with other mature trees over time.

    The first tree to be removed is the celtis on the south western boundary. It will be removed this year as part of construction works for the reserve.

    The celtis will be replaced with 2 mature trees, a Melaleuca ericifolia (Snow-in-Summer) planted slightly north of the existing celtis and a Melaleuca styphelioides (Prickly Paperbark) to the east of the entry path near the existing Murraya hedge. The 2 trees will provide shade over the bench seats in the southern corner.

    The remaining two celtis trees will be removed and replaced over the next 5-10 years to ensure there is continuing shade in the reserve.

    Timelines and next steps:

    The design for the renewal of the reserve is currently out for tender for construction.

    It is anticipated construction works will begin later this year. Notification letters will be distributed to residents prior to the commencement of works. Community updates will be provided on sydneyyoursay.com.au

    Public access in the reserve will be restricted during construction to maintain safety and reduce the duration of the works.

    Construction in John Street Reserve has been staged to begin upon completion of St James Park to ensure open space remains available within the neighbourhood.


  • December 2014 Update on St James Park and John Street Reserve

    almost 2 years ago

    The City is pleased to advise that the renewal works for St James Park have now been completed. We would like to thank everyone for their patience during the construction period. 

    Work still continues for John Street Reserve. The next steps, now underway:

    • Contractors are currently working on the retaining wall. We expect works to be completed by February 2015;
    • In consultation with an ecologist we have identified suitable species for the new habitat garden. We invite you to view these within the updated design
    • We will begin remediation and construction in the reserve towards the end of 2015. This will include... Continue reading

    The City is pleased to advise that the renewal works for St James Park have now been completed. We would like to thank everyone for their patience during the construction period. 

    Work still continues for John Street Reserve. The next steps, now underway:

    • Contractors are currently working on the retaining wall. We expect works to be completed by February 2015;
    • In consultation with an ecologist we have identified suitable species for the new habitat garden. We invite you to view these within the updated design
    • We will begin remediation and construction in the reserve towards the end of 2015. This will include staged removal of celtis trees. They will be replaced with native trees. We will begin this process late next year by removing the celtis tree in the area behind 21 Hegarty Street.

    For information about the renewal and continued improvements in John Street Reserve please continue to visit this website.


  • Update on our most recent community engagement for St James Park and John Street Reserve

    over 3 years ago
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    The City of Sydney is continuing to work with the local community to ensure that the project addresses community interests. We wanted to give you an update on our most recent community engagement. Since December 2012 the following activities have been undertaken:

    December 2012 – February 2013: Additional consultation with adjacent residents was undertaken on the amenities pod. The refined design can be viewed here. The key refinements are:

      • The toilet, change room and kitchenette are to be used by tennis court users only. Access will be via a keypad.
      • The building size has been reduced.
      • The garden bed near the amenity building has been enlarged provide more for screen plants.
      • The building has been reorientated so that it now faces the tennis courts, and a timber screen has been added to protect the privacy of nearby residents.
      • The shelter area will now be gated and will open between sunrise and sunset.

    February 2013: A meeting with the Blue Wren Sub Committee and the Friends of John Street Reserve to discuss the design of the native habitat garden in John Street Reserve (minutes can be viewed here).

    March 2013: A consultation with local school children from St James Primary School was held  to help refine the design for the playground and inform interpretative elements in St James Park.

    The City of Sydney is continuing to work with the local community to ensure that the project addresses community interests. We wanted to give you an update on our most recent community engagement. Since December 2012 the following activities have been undertaken:

    December 2012 – February 2013: Additional consultation with adjacent residents was undertaken on the amenities pod. The refined design can be viewed here. The key refinements are:

      • The toilet, change room and kitchenette are to be used by tennis court users only. Access will be via a keypad.
      • The building size has been reduced.
      • The garden bed near the amenity building has been enlarged provide more for screen plants.
      • The building has been reorientated so that it now faces the tennis courts, and a timber screen has been added to protect the privacy of nearby residents.
      • The shelter area will now be gated and will open between sunrise and sunset.

    February 2013: A meeting with the Blue Wren Sub Committee and the Friends of John Street Reserve to discuss the design of the native habitat garden in John Street Reserve (minutes can be viewed here).

    March 2013: A consultation with local school children from St James Primary School was held  to help refine the design for the playground and inform interpretative elements in St James Park.

  • Update on technical studies

    over 3 years ago

    As part of planning for the project, the City is undertaking a number of feasibility and technical studies. The studies includes:

    John Street Reserve Contamination

    A preliminary contamination study has confirmed that John Street Reserve had previous industrial uses and contains poor quality soil and ash fill.

    As part of the renewal project, soil remediation works will be undertaken to make the reserve suitable for public use. The decontamination and remediation works will result in the removal and capping of some soil areas in the park. We are currently investigating measures to reduce the impacts to existing trees and plantings in the park.

    A Development Application will be submitted for the remediation works. Further information will be posted up on this page as it becomes available.

    Flood Mitigations Works

    A flood study of the Johnstons Creek catchment area identified potential flooding to the rear of properties on Hegarty Street, adjacent to John Street Reserve. A range of improvement works are proposed to reduce the frequency and mitigate the severity of potential inundation. These include:

    • A low park boundary wall on John Street to deflect stormwater flow along John Street to Hegarty Street;
    • A 300mm high raised mound (levy) and barrier fence along the western park boundary to restrict water movement;
    • A shallow turf grass basin in John Street Reserve to increase water infiltration and reduce peak stormwater loads; and
    • An additional pit in Woolley Lane to improve stormwater collection.

    Additional stormwater modelling will be undertaken to assess the potential impacts of stormwater and run off. Updates will be made available on this web page.

    Parking:

    The on-site parking spaces adjacent to the amenities pod will be removed to increase the park area. We are investigating the provision of additional on-street parking spaces in the surrounding streets. Some options may include relocating the John Street reserve park maintenance service entry (1 space) and after hours parking in St James Lane (2 spaces).

    We are currently undertaking traffic counts and modelling vehicle movements to understand the potential impacts of these proposed changes. Further resident notification will be undertaken if changes to on-street parking are proposed.

    For more information please contact Kristin Gabriel, Community Engagement Coordinator, City of Sydney. Ph: 9246 7398 or email kgabriel@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

    As part of planning for the project, the City is undertaking a number of feasibility and technical studies. The studies includes:

    John Street Reserve Contamination

    A preliminary contamination study has confirmed that John Street Reserve had previous industrial uses and contains poor quality soil and ash fill.

    As part of the renewal project, soil remediation works will be undertaken to make the reserve suitable for public use. The decontamination and remediation works will result in the removal and capping of some soil areas in the park. We are currently investigating measures to reduce the impacts to existing trees and plantings in the park.

    A Development Application will be submitted for the remediation works. Further information will be posted up on this page as it becomes available.

    Flood Mitigations Works

    A flood study of the Johnstons Creek catchment area identified potential flooding to the rear of properties on Hegarty Street, adjacent to John Street Reserve. A range of improvement works are proposed to reduce the frequency and mitigate the severity of potential inundation. These include:

    • A low park boundary wall on John Street to deflect stormwater flow along John Street to Hegarty Street;
    • A 300mm high raised mound (levy) and barrier fence along the western park boundary to restrict water movement;
    • A shallow turf grass basin in John Street Reserve to increase water infiltration and reduce peak stormwater loads; and
    • An additional pit in Woolley Lane to improve stormwater collection.

    Additional stormwater modelling will be undertaken to assess the potential impacts of stormwater and run off. Updates will be made available on this web page.

    Parking:

    The on-site parking spaces adjacent to the amenities pod will be removed to increase the park area. We are investigating the provision of additional on-street parking spaces in the surrounding streets. Some options may include relocating the John Street reserve park maintenance service entry (1 space) and after hours parking in St James Lane (2 spaces).

    We are currently undertaking traffic counts and modelling vehicle movements to understand the potential impacts of these proposed changes. Further resident notification will be undertaken if changes to on-street parking are proposed.

    For more information please contact Kristin Gabriel, Community Engagement Coordinator, City of Sydney. Ph: 9246 7398 or email kgabriel@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

  • Future opportunities for you to have your say:

    over 3 years ago

    The City will continue to work with the community on this exciting local project. We invite you to participate in the following activities:

    • We will continue to hold ongoing meetings with interested stakeholders including Blue Wren Sub Committee and the Friends of John Street Reserve to provide updates and seek input into the design. It is anticipated that these will be held bimonthly in the park. Please contact Kristin Gabriel (details below) if you would like to be involved.
    • A Development Application has been lodged for the removal of the existing amenities building. Please see our On Exhibition page for opportunities to have your say on the DA.
    • Ideas and suggestions from the meeting with the Friends of John Street Reserve and the Blue Wren Sub Committee and interested residents are being incorporated into the design of the John Street Reserve Habitat Garden. Once the design has progressed you will be able to view it on this webpage.

    If you have any queries, please contact Kristin Gabriel, Community Engagement Officer, on 02 9246 7398 or at kgabriel@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

    The City will continue to work with the community on this exciting local project. We invite you to participate in the following activities:

    • We will continue to hold ongoing meetings with interested stakeholders including Blue Wren Sub Committee and the Friends of John Street Reserve to provide updates and seek input into the design. It is anticipated that these will be held bimonthly in the park. Please contact Kristin Gabriel (details below) if you would like to be involved.
    • A Development Application has been lodged for the removal of the existing amenities building. Please see our On Exhibition page for opportunities to have your say on the DA.
    • Ideas and suggestions from the meeting with the Friends of John Street Reserve and the Blue Wren Sub Committee and interested residents are being incorporated into the design of the John Street Reserve Habitat Garden. Once the design has progressed you will be able to view it on this webpage.

    If you have any queries, please contact Kristin Gabriel, Community Engagement Officer, on 02 9246 7398 or at kgabriel@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au