Hudson District Park Receives Recognition by Greater Sydney Commission
For immediate release
6 November 2020
Strathfield Council is delighted to be awarded recognition by the Greater Sydney Commission after Council’s work on Hudson District Park was announced the winner for Award 4 – Great New Place to Live and/or Work at the 2020 Greater Sydney Planning Awards.
In response to projected development in the Strathfield LGA, Strathfield Council reviewed usage of the Hudson Park Golf Course. It determined that use of the space by relatively few, did not represent equitable access to available greenspace. Anticipating the future needs of residents for recreational areas, Council opted to re-develop and dedicate the available 14.1 hectares to meet growing demand for recreational areas and greenspace.
Development of the Hudson District Park has taken an inclusive approach on a number of different fronts. 1445 new trees have been planted to address climate change and air quality issues; the Amazing Maze playground, supported by the Anyone Can Play program, is under construction and provides opportunity for inventive and inclusive play for children of all abilities; and a feature lake has been created to add character and ambiance to the park.
Further planned elements are a fully inclusive Amenities Building, CCTV and lighting installations that will allow safe use at all hours and areas for social gathering.
The Greater Sydney Planning Awards panel commended Council’s efforts, “Hudson District Park is an outstanding example of transforming privatised open space into a shared community asset. Strathfield Council brought the community along on the journey and its bold effort to transform a golf course into a popular public park is worthy of recognition and celebration. The panel applauds Council’s contribution to increasing the accessibility of open space and the amenity of the area. It’s a timely achievement, as Sydneysiders come to realise the value and significance of social connections and open spaces. Congratulations to Strathfield on this remarkable result.”
The 2020 Greater Sydney Planning Awards ceremony was held virtually on Thursday 29 October.
For more information, please visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au
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