NSW Government Public Spaces Legacy Program

The NSW Government is investing up to $250 million through the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program to support councils to deliver more and better public spaces across the state. This is the biggest injection of funding for public spaces in a generation.

Thanks to a $5.5 million share in funding Burwood Council will deliver the Enfield Village Revitalisation Project, Grant Park All Inclusive Playground and Burwood Park Nature Play, Sensory Garden and Pond Upgrade.

Public spaces are the heart of our communities, they connect us, inspire us and make us healthier and happier. Legacy projects will shape and transform the urban fabric of our neighbourhoods leaving a real and lasting positive impact for future generations. We want future generations to be able to point to these legacy projects and appreciate how they have helped shape and change our network of public open spaces in NSW for the better.

To access the funding, Burwood Council needed to demonstrate accelerated development assessment processes – helping to reduce red tape and keep the broader economy moving. This incentive helps to drive the determination of local DAs and bolster the construction pipeline through to 2024.

Have Your Say

Over two exciting stages Burwood Council will be enhancing Burwood Park through the development of a new Nature Play space and Sensory Garden and the upgrade of the existing pond.

As the historical heart of the Town Centre, Burwood Park is a key site for community activities, open space and recreation. Council is committed to further improving Burwood Park to ensure our community continue to have access to new facilities, high quality open space and opportunities for engagement.

Preliminary concept designs have been prepared to showcase general aims and outcomes for the project. Following community consultation, further design work will be undertaken before the project progresses.

Read more about this exciting proposal below and have your say by completing the survey.

Stage 1: Nature Play and Sensory Garden

Nature Play

The nature play facility will include a range of play experiences for older children and ‘tweens’ offering opportunities for more adventurous play combined with informal recreation and social spaces.

Nature Play Principles

  • Foster awareness of outdoors
  • Promote contact with nature
  • Natural materials
  • Loose materials for creative play
  • Natural water paly
  • Use of natural site features
  • Engaging planting
  • Non-manufactured play elements

Artists Impression

Nature Play

Concept Plan

Sensory Garden

The sensory garden will offer spaces for quiet introspection to connect residents and visitors with nature and promote a positive mental outlook and general wellbeing.

Concept Plan

Sensory Garden

Concept Design Images

Concept design

Major Design Elements

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major design elements 2

View the proposed sensory garden sections in more detail

Both the Nature Play Space and Sensory Garden will have a strong environmental and nature based design focus, allowing for educational or community garden features to be included in the project.

Stage 2: Burwood Park Pond Upgrade

Integrated with Stage 1, the Burwood Park Pond upgrade will improve the open spaces around the pond and address the water quality and ground conditions associated with the existing water feature in an effort to develop an integrated feature that provides new areas of open space and improved opportunities to be close to the cooling and calming influence of water.

During the construction period, Council implements appropriate measures to avoid and/or minimise consturction-related impacts on fauna habitat.

Fauna in the Burwood Park Pond will either be relocated to other appropriate locations or treated ethically in accordance with all regulatory guidelines by a specialist licensed contractor in national parks biodiversity conservation.

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This project not only addresses the existing needs of our community but provides opportunity to respond to the demand placed upon the park by the growing residential population in Burwood, creating a new destination within the Town Centre.

Concept Plan