$5 million GreenWay Bay Run and Lighting Upgrade perfect spring start

8 September 2023

Inner West Council is excited to officially open the Bay Run Pathway and Lighting Upgrade tomorrow, Saturday 9 September, and celebrate another exciting milestone in the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay project.

The major upgrade has seen Lilyfield Road Bridge transformed into a picturesque meeting spot and is sure to become a must-have Instagram moment along the iconic Bay Run.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said: “The GreenWay is about bringing community together and this latest link in the corridor is a brilliant creation, the separated lanes make walking and cycling safer, as does the upgraded lighting.

“We’re excited to be opening this to the public and really encourage the community to take a look and enjoy the views and opportunities to exercise, relax and enjoy a picnic.”

Inner West Council has delivered the $5 million upgrade with funding assistance from Transport for NSW and the Department of Planning and Environment – as part of the NSW Government’s Get NSW Active and NSW Public Spaces Legacy program.

When: 10am-12 pm Saturday 9 September
Where: Lilyfield Bridge Road – Map: Location - Parking
What: Barbecue, facepainting, coffee and ice cream

The opening represents another key link in the nearly six-kilometre GreenWay environmental corridor, connecting the Cooks River at Earlwood with the Parramatta River at Iron Cove.

Minister for Transport and Member for Summer Hill Jo Haylen will join in the celebrations.

The Lilyfield Road Bridge has undergone a stunning facelift and boasts separated pedestrian and cycle paths, extensive landscaping, new seating, a picnic shelter and sensor lighting. There is a new fitness hub, a bicycle service station and a water bubbler.

Extensive upgrades include: 

  • Fresh concrete path, line markings and landscaping to and under Lilyfield Road bridge
  • Asphalting works between the UTS Rowing Club parking area and the straight ramp up Lilyfield Rd bridge
  • New lighting along the foreshore ensures the path is safe for use after dark

Running Order:

10am - Speeches at picnic shelter: Transport Minister Jo Haylen, Department of Planning and Environment representative, IWC Deputy Mayor Phillipa Scott, Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne
10:15am - Ribbon cutting
10:18am – Vision opportunities of celebrations including BBQ, facepainting, bike repairs
12pm - Event concludes

Mayor Byrne said: “I believe the Lilyfield Road Bridge upgrade is going to be one of the most popular gathering places in the GreenWay corridor.

“These improvements are in addition to the new Leichhardt Skate Park we opened last month which has proven enormously popular among local children and young people already”.

The Bay Run boasts stunning waterfront views and is used by about 5000 people every day making it one of the primary destinations for walkers, joggers and cyclists in Sydney

Investment in recreation and facilities for people of all ages in the Inner West is an important part of our plan to build a healthier and happier local community.

Inner West Council is completing the GreenWay in stages and delivering parks, sporting facilities and public artworks along the corridor designed for all types of active transport.

Investment in recreation and facilities for people of all ages in the Inner West is an important part of our plan to build a healthier and happier local community.

For all the details on the works included in the GreenWay Bay Run and Lighting Upgrade go to: innerwest.nsw.gov.au/Greenway


For media enquiries and quotes please contact Brett Clancy on 02 9335 2193 – brett.clancy@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

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