Stage 1 - North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan

Throughout late 2019, Council invited further feedback from the community on the Draft North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan in order to build on the understandings gathered earlier in the year during the first phase of engagement. An online survey and a series of drop-in sessions were used to engage with a broad cross-section of the community, including local residents and sporting groups.

Who did we engage with?

  • 100 respondents completed the online survey
  • 62 people completed a paper-based survey
  • 15 residents attended an additional drop-in session
  • 19 open submissions were received

During this second phase of engagement, a majority of the community expressed support for the Masterplan which identifies upgrades to community and recreational facilities at F.S. Garside Park and the adjoining reserve at Duck Creek. The plan provides a long term vision to guide planning for social infrastructure, population growth and active transportation.

Following community consultation, Stage 1 of the Masterplan was adopted by Council at its 16 December 2019 meeting.

You can view Stage 1 of the Masterplan and the community engagement results that helped inform the development of Stage 1 in the resources section.

Stage 1 of the Masterplan includes improvements to F.S. Garside Park and the Alfred Street streetscape at Granville. These improvements are being funded under the NSW Government’s Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program (PRUAIP).

Stage 1 implementation of the Masterplan includes:
  • Provision of play spaces and facilities for different ages and abilities.
  • Southern half of Onslow Street converted to open space.
  • Improving access and functionality to the playing field
  • Provision of a range of outdoor gathering spaces including picnic shelters, tables and seating.
  • Reduction in concrete play surfaces and planting of mature trees to reduce urban heat and provide nature-based play.
  • Reduction of car spaces with new 90 degree parking arrangement for Gray Street and northern section of Onslow Street.
  • Creating a separated cycle way along Alfred St to connect to the regional cycle way beneath the M4 viaduct.

Further detail is available in the resources section.

Please note that the timeline on this page is indicative only until completion of the detailed concept design.

Round 1 Community Consultation – 4 to 26 March 2020

Council greatly values community input to ensure that identified park improvements meet local requirements. In March 2020, we invited feedback from the local Rosehill, Harris Park and North Granville community to inform the design of the F.S. Garside playground, picnic facilities, dog park and new youth recreation area. These areas were identified for improvement as part of the implementation of the Stage 1 North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan.

Council invited participation through flyer distribution to local households, an email to previous respondents and stakeholders, as well as drop-in session attendance, social media and online participation. The community consultation campaign reached over 11,000 people.

To collect feedback, a dot democracy (dot voting) activity was used at drop-in sessions and online to collect preferences from the community to describe park features that they preferred. Participants placed dots/stickers (or voted online) next to their 5 preferred options relating to activities, play equipment and amenities.

The top five highest votes collected were for spaces and amenities, and included:


Other great suggestions were:

  • “We need to ensure that the space is activated, by allowing pedestrian paths to go through (not just around) areas. This creates a sense of connection to the community.”
  • “Large dog play section with smaller fenced area for anti-social dogs.”
  • “Separate spaces for older and younger children, but with a transition area between (such as swings or a nature area) would be good. Older kids often scare younger kids away.”
  • “Plant more trees to mitigate Granville’s severe urban heat problem”.

Next steps

Council will conduct further site investigations across May 2020 to understand remediation, engineering and structural constraints. This information coupled with community feedback collected in March 2020 will inform the development of a draft concept design for F.S Garside Park. Across June 2020, Council will be seeking feedback on the Alfred Street cycleway concept plan. A second round of community consultation is also planned for September 2020 to ensure that the draft park design meets community requirements and expectations.

For more information please contact the Place Services team on 02 9806 5050 or email

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Consultation Outcome Report- Draft Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Strategy (pages 18-27) identifies the key issues and opportunities for the Granville Precinct collected during the NSW Government 2015 community consultation to inform the development of the PRUAIP projects. This consultation was considered sufficient to commence the works associated with the PRUAIP at F.S. Garside Park and Alfred Street.

The development of a Masterplan to inform recreational and community amenity planning for North Granville was considered necessary to plan and identify funding requirements beyond the scope of the PRUAIP. The Masterplan also provides certainty as to how the park will develop as Granville’s population increases.

Council conducted two rounds of community consultation to inform the development of the Stage 1-North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan:

  • Phase 1 (June-July 2019) – to understand community recreation and community requirements.
  • Phase 2 (Oct-Nov 2019) – to publicly exhibit the draft Masterplan to identify issues and include amendments.

Further community consultation is planned to inform the detail design of each area i.e. Northern Play Area, Playing Field, Youth Recreation Area and Dog Park, Alfred Street Cycleway.

  1. To deliver a masterplan for the North Granville precinct that offers welcoming places to gather and meet, as well as providing a range of active and passive recreation activities.
  2. To engage with key site stakeholders and the local community in the development of the masterplan.
  3. To ensure that F.S. Garside Park and community facilities meet the needs of North Granville’s current and future population.
  4. Improve the site accessibility and connectivity between recreational spaces.
  5. Address contamination issues to ensure public safety.

Council will begin progress on the below actions to implement Stage 1 of the Masterplan.

  1. Preparation of a delivery plan for Masterplan items based on requirements relating to Section 117 Ministerial Direction EP&A Act 1979  and PRUAIP funding commitment including:
    • Scoping the cost and recommended delivery timeframes of any additional project/upgrade requirements identified under the Masterplan during the detailed design process
    • Preparation of a Review of Environmental Factors (REF), Remediation Action Plan (RAP) and management plan where relevant.
  2. Continue to work with the local community, DPIE, EPA and Sydney Water on the detailed design development of the Stage 1-North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan.
  3. Negotiate a variation with DPIE to seek additional funds for remediation and extension in project delivery timeframes to provide the best outcome for the community. 

Following public exhibition, the community building and the new car parking arrangement were considered key issues. Both these components are part of Stage 2 which is now subject to further site analysis and community consultation.



Historic records suggested that F.S. Garside Park may have operated as a landfill site (rubbish tip). It is understood that in the early 1930’s it was converted for use as a park by placing a deep compacted soil layer over the landfill and planting a grass layer over the capped landfill site. Records show the area became known as ‘Macarthur Park’ in the early 1930’s.

We now know that some materials in early twentieth century tip sites can pose a risk to health and safety if disturbed.

In May 2019, to help inform the development of the draft North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan, the City of Parramatta appointed a licensed specialist contractor to undertake environmental investigations in sections of F.S. Garside Park, the dog park and the natural reserve adjacent to Duck Creek.

Initial environmental investigations are now complete. However, further investigations will be required to inform the development of concept plans for park upgrades and inform further works including remediation.

Environmental investigations undertaken in May 2019 confirmed that F.S. Garside was once a landfill site.

The investigations identified broken ceramics, bricks and construction materials (including products containing lead, possibly from lead-based paints, and fibro products containing asbestos), glass bottles, and ash.  These materials are consistent with items that would normally be found at rubbish tips operating from the 1920’s.

Other finds, including the presence of copper and zinc in the soils, are also consistent with materials widely used in homes in the early twentieth century. 

Many of these items can breakdown into materials, which we now know can pose a risk to human health if they become airborne and are inhaled, ingested (eaten) or come into frequent contact with skin (such as regular handling of soil with bare hands).

Test results indicated that some sections of the park contain materials (currently buried beneath the soil) that may pose a risk to public health and safety if disturbed.

As a precautionary measure, these areas were fenced and will remain closed to the public until remediation works and construction are completed.

Asbestos air quality monitoring results before, during and after the testing were within normal levels.

Initial investigations are now complete. Further environmental investigations, are planned to inform the park concept design.

Test results collected in May 2019, indicated that some sections of the park contain materials (currently buried beneath the soil) that may pose a risk to public health and safety if disturbed.

As a precautionary measure, these areas have been fenced and will remain closed to the public until remediation works and construction are completed.

Further environmental testing will inform the methods used to remediate the site and the concept design for F.S. Garside. Testing will also provide information to allow the development of safe work practices for any future work at F.S. Garside.


Contaminants like asbestos only pose a risk to human health if fibres become airborne, and inhaled. Other contaminants present at this site, like hydrocarbons often found in ash resulting from burned organic materials like wood etc., only pose a risk if they come into contact with skin, or are ingested (eaten).

Areas where contaminated materials were present beneath the soil were closed as a precautionary measure.

These areas were fenced to limit soil disturbance, prevent public access and possible physical contact with any potential contaminants that pose a contact risk.

Asbestos air quality monitoring results before, during and after the testing were within normal levels.


Further testing, including groundwater and gas monitoring, were completed within closed areas of the park in October 2019. 

Further geotechnical investigations are planned in 2020 to inform the concept design for the park.

In order to determine how to safely carry out further work at F.S. Garside, the City of Parramatta commissioned qualified environmental consultants to install gas and groundwater monitoring wells within the park. 

In October 2019, eight small wells for the monitoring of ground gases, and one tower well for groundwater monitoring were installed.

While on site, consultants also took additional targeted soil samples to provide further understanding of the conditions at the site.

All works were carried out in areas of the park already closed to the public. All work conducted adhered to SafeWork NSW health and safety standards for ground disturbing work on a site where contamination may exist.   

Environmental results from these samples will inform the methods used to remediate the site and determine whether groundwater and ventilation treatments are required.

Air quality monitoring was undertaken during installation. All results were within normal limits.

Results from the monitoring show that surface gas levels are within normal limits.

Groundwater investigations did not identify any groundwater contamination sourced from the site.

Council has an obligation to remediate F.S. Garside Park regardless of any work to deliver a masterplan.

A relevant Remediation Action Plan (RAP) will be required to limit public exposure to potential contaminants before any construction can progress. Developing a RAP that complements Stage 1 of the North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan will ensure that remediation is based on the future needs of the park.

Further site investigations will be required to develop the RAP and inform designs for the park. Flood modelling and community consultation for each component of the masterplan will be required to inform detailed designs.

City of Parramatta has engaged a specialist contractor certified to safely work on landfill sites to allow for the ongoing maintenance of F.S. Garside until the anticipated North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan work begins.

All works, including grass mowing, will be carried out to comply with appropriate work, health and safety standards. Contractors will wear appropriate personal protection equipment and will take necessary precautions to ensure public safety while undertaking these activities on site.

The City of Parramatta Council will begin reopening playgrounds in a staged process from Friday 15 May 2020.

Council officers will first inspect all outdoor equipment to ensure play spaces are safe to use.

People who use playgrounds must adhere to social distaning requirements outlined by the NSW Government.

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Alternative leash-free areas are available at Deakin Park (Deakin Street, Auburn), Burlington Park (Burlington Street, Northmead), Cowells Lane Reserve (Cowells Lane, Ermington) or Don Moore Reserve (Tiernan Avenue, North Rocks). A full list of off-leash areas in the Parramatta Local Government Area is available here.

City of Parramatta advises that all residents follow the Federal and NSW Government’s latest information in relation to maintaining physical distancing and other measures to help protect our community and minimise the spread of COVID-19.

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Page last updated Friday 15 May 2020

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