St Leonards Park Landscape Masterplan

Project Update

Stage 1: Research & Analysis - complete March 2017.

Stage 1 Engagement Outcomes report (5MB)

Stage 2: Development of Concept Design Ideas - complete July 2017.

Stage 2 Engagement Outcomes report (3MB)

Stage 3: Development of a draft Landscape Masterplan - commenced Aug 2017

Anticipated to be ready for public exhibition by November


Project Information

St Leonards Park Landscape Masterplan

St Leonards Park is one of North Sydney's largest and best-loved parks. It has a distinctive Victorian landscape character and is rich in history and heritage. The Park is a great place to play, relax and socialise, and it contains our premier sportsground, North Sydney Oval.

Council has engaged Gallagher Studio to develop a low intervention Landscape Masterplan for St Leonards Park in North Sydney. The Masterplan offers an opportunity to develop a comprehensive plan that can achieve a balance of uses while protecting, preserving and enhancing the park’s heritage values.

The project is being delivered in 5 stages:

Stage 1: Research and Analysis (Aug 2016 - March 2017)

Stage 2: Development of principles & concept master plans ideas (March - July 2017)

Stage 3: Development of a draft Landscape Masterplan (Aug 2017 onwards)

Stage 4: Public Exhibition of the draft Landscape Masterplan

Stage 5: Review feedback and finalise Landscape Masterplan


Stage 1: Research and Analysis (complete)

Stage 1 Engagement Outcomes report (5MB)

Consultants have examined relevant documents including the St Leonards Park Conservation Management Plan 2013 and the Recreation Needs Study 2015, and have researched and analysed local context, civic context, catchments, topography, landuses, built form, nearby open space, wider context (walking, cycling), heritage, historical evolution of the park, park structure (access, circulation, entrances and views, tree configurations), spatial structure (avenues and enclosed gardens, semi-enclosed spaces, open spaces), park furniture, toilets, playground, services and utilities, drainage, park use and users.

Stage 1 Consultation gathered information about how the Park is currently used and valued, and canvassed ideas for improvement. Activities included:

  • 457 online and intercept surveys completed
  • 14 stakeholder interviews (in person or by phone)
  • 6 written submissions received
  • Workshop for Council staff involved in management of the Park (11 attended)

The key findings from Stage 1 Consultation are summarised below:

  1. Main reasons for visiting St Leonards Park (in order of most popular answers):
    walking, relaxation, bringing children to play, walking dogs, meeting friends
  2. What people value most about the Park (in order of most popular answers):
    green open space, trees and greenery, peace and quiet, dog friendly, views, playground, sports facilities, walking paths, family friendly, range of uses
  3. Key issues and ideas for improvements:
  • Retain and improve open space grassed areas for relaxation.
  • Upgrade park amenity including lighting, paths, seating, tables, toilets, & water fountains.
  • Address cycling in the park to prevent conflict between commuter cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Upgrade open space areas to reduce conflict between different user groups including sporting groups, school groups, exercise groups, dog walkers and passive recreation activities.
  • Improve sports facilities including a longer cricket net run up, resurfacing of the netball/ basketball courts, lighting at the courts, and a turf practice wicket for first grade fixtures.
  • Improve spaces for children and young people to play.  For example: upgrade the playground, add a fence, provide a recreational space for older children/teens and provide recreational cycling paths for children.
  • Improve pedestrian safety on Fig Tree Lane and Bowling Club driveway.
  • Resolve drainage issues including flooding near the amphitheatre and drainage along Ridge St under the fig trees.


Stage 2: Development of principles & concept master plans ideas (complete)

Stage 2 Engagement Outcomes report (3MB)

The Consultants developed a series of guiding principles and concept ideas for St Leonards Park that were tested publicly via a series of ‘drop-in’ events held in St Leonards Park and in nearby Civic Park, as well as an online survey and a stakeholder workshop for those unable to attend a ‘drop-in’ event.

Draft Guiding Principles:

  1. A Park for All
    Provide a balance of active and passive recreation
    Provide a clear definition between various spaces throughout the park
    Minimise conflicts between various users of the park, particularly cyclists, pedestrians, active / passive recreation
    Provide strategy for managing park use and develop appropriate maintenance strategies

  2. An Historic Park
    Celebrate the strong historical patterns of the park
    Retain and manage the historic trees
    Restore War Memorial and Tunks Fountain’s scale and prominence
    Remove elements which do not support the heritage character of the park
    Provide opportunities to highlight the park’s history
    Explore opportunities to enhance the meaning and story of heritage items

  3. An Accessible Park
    Minimise the conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians on internal pathways
    Investigate the possibility of widening internal pathways
    Investigate the possibility of a dedicated cycleway path
    Relocate lamp posts and reduce clutter

  4. A Generous, Comfortable Park
    Upgrade the public toilets, review current location and potentially relocate
    Improve the amenity of the park by providing new & upgraded park furniture
    Upgrade park lighting
    Explore opportunities to expand the playground to provide a wider range of activities for older children.

Over 200 people visited one of five ‘drop-in’ events held in St Leonards Park and Civic Park to talk through concept ideas with the Consultants. In addition, 6 people attended a stakeholder workshop and 8 written submissions were received. Feedback received from the community and other stakeholders regarding the guiding principles and concept design ideas has been collated into the Stage 2 Consultation Report. The ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ will assist Council and the Consultants to develop a draft Landscape Masterplan for St Leonards Park that accurately reflects community needs and wants.


Stage 3: Development of a draft Landscape Masterplan (commenced)

The draft Landscape Masterplan for the Park will carefully balance a range of recreational uses with the need to protect, preserve and enhance the Park’s heritage values and character. The draft Landscape Masterplan will build on the concept ideas that were developed and publicly tested during Stage 2 to ensure that it meets Council’s key objectives for this project, as per the original Consultant’s Brief. These key objectives are set out below:

  • To improve and enhance the Park landscape
  • To improve and enhance recreation opportunities for a range of park users
  • To develop a range of options for additional facilities that could appropriately be provided in the Park to meet community needs
  • To ensure the Park is accessible and appealing to all members of the community
  • To resolve existing circulation and access issues for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles

When complete, the draft Landscape Masterplan will be put on general public exhibition. It will be available on this website for feedback and comment for a minimum of 6 weeks


More Information

Background please view the project history from 2003 to the present (124KB).

Megan White, Landscape Architect/Planner, 9936 8100

Kate Bambrick-Browne, Landscape Grants Coordinator, 9936 8100

Posted on 22 August 2017

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