Parks & Reserves Management

Plans of Management - Generic and Geographic

Bushland (939KB)

Foreshore Parks and Reserves (1MB)

Neighbourhood Parks (1MB)

Playgrounds (1MB)

Playgrounds Methodology (534KB)

Sportsgrounds (2MB)

Plans of Management - Significant Area

Bradfield Park (574KB)

Cremorne Reserve (2MB)

Forsyth Park (2MB)

North Sydney Oval (2MB)

Smoothey Park (2MB)

St Leonards Park - Plan of Management (727KB)

St Leonards Park - Conservation Management Plan (12MB)

St Leonards Park - Masterplan

St Thomas Rest Park (3MB)

Open space is an important component of the urban environment, providing opportunities for recreation and leisure.

Plans of Management ensure 

  • clear guidelines for the effective short and long-term management of all parks and reserves owned or controlled by Council;
  • a framework within which managers can develop a balanced response to current opportunities and address future pressures;
  • the unique qualities of North Sydney's parks and reserves are conserved, and that future development is appropriate.

Plans of Management may deal with one particular park or reserve (Significant area Plans of Management); they may cover a number of similar use areas such as sportsgrounds or playgrounds (Generic Plans of Management); or they may cover a number of areas united by a common geographical feature, such as the harbour foreshore (Geographical Plans of Management). Council's Plans of Management are reviewed internally on a regular basis to assess implementation and performance. Every five years a new, updated Plan of Management is prepared and a major public review takes place. At this time broader policy and planning issues are updated.

At any time public comments on any of Council's Plans of Management may be submitted to:

Thus new issues can be incorporated or existing actions amended when the relevant Plan of Management is next reviewed.

North Sydney Recreation Needs Study 2015

Council’s Recreation Needs Study was adopted by Council on 18 May 2015. Prepared in partnership with consultants @Leisure and carried out with a high level of community and stakeholder engagement, the Study identifies and analyses the demand for recreation and sports facilities across the North Sydney LGA in order to determine future needs. It forms the basis for future decision-making regarding sport and recreation development in North Sydney. The new Recreation Needs Study allows Council to provide recreation and sporting facilities and services that meet identified community needs over the next 510 years.

Recreation Needs Study 2015 (5MB)

Recreation Needs Study 2015 - Supporting Document (1MB)

Open Space Provision Strategy

Open Space Provision Strategy (6MB)

North Sydney's network of parks, reserves and civic spaces are under ever-increasing pressure; factors including a lack of undeveloped land and the high cost of land in North Sydney mean that creating new opportunities to cater for the open space and recreational needs of a growing population presents a significant challenge.

The Open Space Provision Strategy (2009) provides a strategic framework within which opportunities to provide new open space and recreation areas can be assessed. Assessing potential sites using the Site Assessment Procedure contained in the Strategy will ensure that new land provided for open space meets the needs of the population, providing useful and usable open spaces in areas of population growth and low open space provision, in an economical and financially sustainable manner.

Lavender Bay Parklands: Clark Park, Watt Park, Quibaree Park, and Lavender Bay Foreshore


Clark Park Upgraded 2008

Following adoption of the Lavender Bay Parklands Concept Master Plan by North Sydney Council in 2007, Council set aside funding to carry out Stage 1 of implementation work. The adopted Concept Master Plan, planning principles and recommendations were used to guide the upgrade of Clark Park. As part of this upgrade existing amenities buildings were demolished, new footpath suitable for emergency and maintenance vehicles was constructed, existing lawns were regraded improving the amenity for park users, reducing storm water flow and enhancing absorption. 

Concept Master Plan

Concept Master Plan for the Lavender Bay Parklands - Part 1 (2MB)

Concept Master Plan for the Lavender Bay Parklands - Part 2 (3MB)

Concept Master Plan for the Lavender Bay Parklands - Part 3 (2MB)

Prepared over a period of nine months, and with extensive community consultation, the Concept Master Plan for the Lavender Bay Parklands was on public exhibition May to June 2007. Fifteen comprehensive written submissions were received, and a number of amendments and additions have been made to the Master Plan as a result of these submissions.

A new section, called "Where to from Here", has been added to the document. This section contains a prioritised list of individual projects for implementation. Priorities have been determined by considering factors such as the level of community interest shown by stakeholders in a project, and the degree to which undertaking a particular project will improve amenity and increase public enjoyment of the parklands.

The report to Council sets out comments made in the public submissions and the responses to them including, where appropriate, amendments made to the final Master Plan.

Council Report: Completion of the Draft Master Plan for the Lavender Bay Parklands (129KB)

Aim of the Concept Master Plan

The aim of the Concept Master Plan is to provide the framework for subtle and sympathetic upgrading works that maintain and enhance the existing character of the Parklands, to protect and enhance the relationship between the site and the harbour, to improve and enhance the parklands character, and to improve recreation opportunities for the range of park users.

The Master Plan aims to better cater for the various groups who use the parklands (including local residents, commuters, people exercising, picnicking, launching small craft and using the playground) and to improve the amenity, aesthetics and interpretation of this interesting and historically significant area. This has been achieved by resolving existing circulation and access issues, by improving existing facilities and amenities and by providing new ones where appropriate.

The Master Plan respects the heritage significance of the parks, incorporates the principles of ecologically sustainable development wherever possible, and is sympathetic and consistent with the Sydney Harbour foreshore landscape as a whole.

Pesticide Use Notification Plan

The New South Wales Pesticides Regulation 1995 requires public authorities such as Council to prepare a Pesticide Use Notification Plan that outlines how we will notify the community of pesticide applications made to public places. North Sydney Council has prepared a plan in consultation with our community:

Pesticide Use Notification Plan (214KB)

The Plan describes:

  • What public places are covered by the plan;
  • who regularly uses these public places and an estimate of the level of use;
  • how and when North Sydney Council will provide the community with information about its pesticide applications in public places (i.e. what notification arrangements will be used); and
  • how the community can access this plan and get more information.