‘People’s Park’ upgrade

28 July 2021 | Posted In: News

City of Sydney has announced plans to upgrade Redfern’s Douglas Street playground and is asking for input from residents to help redevelop the original concept design.

In a memorable example of community action, the playground was developed from unused land wrestled from Rachel Forster Hospital in 1975. Known locally as the ‘Douglas Street People’s Park’, calls have been made for its history to be commemorated in the new design.  

The upgrade is part of the City’s parks renewal program. Over the next ten years council plans to upgrade more than 60 parks across the City of Sydney area — from small pocket parks (such as Douglas Street) to larger local parks.

Council is asking local community groups and residents for their feedback in hoping to understand who uses the Douglas Street park, what works and what doesn’t. City would also like to hear any ideas people have for the new playground. 

The initial consultation closes Monday 2 August at 5pm. Residents are asked to complete a feedback form, email sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9265 9333.

In early 2022, council will hold public consultation on the Douglas Street redesign for further community feedback.