10 Year Plan to improve Cooks River Parklands

Council will dedicate more than $6 million to improve recreation and environmental outcomes for the Cooks River and its parklands over the next 10 years.

Inner West Council adopted the draft Cooks River Parklands Plans of Management and Master Plans at its meeting on 27 September. The Plans will guide the parkland's use and future improvements over the next decade.

The areas included in the Cooks River Parklands - a connected series of open spaces that form the northern corridor of the lower Cooks River - are:

• HJ Mahoney Reserve
• Steel Park
• Richardson’s Lookout
• Warren Park
• Cooks River Foreshore
• Mackey Park
• Kendrick Park
• Fatima Island

The Plans include water sensitive urban design initiatives, new youth facilities and children’s playgrounds, improved picnic and barbecue facilities, staged exercise circuits, and plantings and shade structures.

They also recommend areas for additional vegetation and naturalisation along the River, the provision of a river viewing platform, and retention of Fatima Island as a natural river asset.

Upgrades to some playing fields are also planned, including re-surfacing, drainage, sports lighting, and additional seating at the playing fields at Steel Park, Marrickville.

The draft Cooks River Parklands Plans of Management and Master Plans were amended to include feedback from the community obtained during public consultation from 4 May - 15 June 2016.

Administrator Richard Pearson said the final Plans represent a true collaboration between Council and its community.

“We asked residents what they cherished most about these areas – from family picnics, to jogging and other exercise, spaces for quiet contemplation – and now we are delivering.

“There will be more recreational opportunities, more beautiful parks with more trees and shade and better access to these areas.

“And of course the plans also include environmental improvements, to both the river banks and the water quality,” Mr Pearson said.

The Plans can be viewed on Council’s website at www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au

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Page last updated: 03 Jun 2022