Figtree Park

NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program

Video: Take a walk through Figtree Park.


The NSW Government has allocated $4.75 million in funding to Hunter’s Hill Council, as part of the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program, subject to Council meeting its 30 June 2021 planning acceleration targets.

The funding will be used for the embellishment of Figtree Park, which may include reinstalling play equipment, improving seating areas, a new public restroom and the installation of public art.

The principles for the design scope are being finalised, and a consultation process invited the community to contribute.

The community consultation, run through July and August, has now closed.

Feedback received will be reviewed and considered as we move towards the concept design stage.

The concept design will be presented to Council and publicly exhibited, providing further opportunity for community participation.

This page will be updated as the Public Spaces Legacy project progresses.

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In preparing the application for funding, a scope was developed for this high-quality project. The scope will be further refined through the consultation process. The scope includes:

  • Ensuring the proposed design does not affect the upgrade/redevelopment of the Council controlled properties along Gladesville Road including those occupied by Sydney Community Services, the Hunters Hill Croquet Club and council community centre.
  • Landscaping
  • New Public Domain from Gladesville Rd with a focus on accessibility
  • New inclusive playspace
  • Appropriate Public Art
  • Changing Places standard amenity block (
  • Infrastructure to support low key events such as markets
  • Increased lighting and Smart City integration
  • Wayfinding and signage

The program, which is detailed below:

  • Report to Council – 21 June 2021
  • Councillor design workshop – 5 July 2021
  • Community engagement commences – 10 July 2021
  • Community engagement completed – 21 August 2021
  • Concept design developed and delivered – October 2021
  • Presentation of concept design to Council – October 2021
  • Exhibition of design
  • Exhibition Period closes – November 2021
  • Feedback report and design signed off – December 2021
  • Project constructed – December 2022

21 June 2021: Read about the information update to a Hunter’s Hill Council meeting.

3 June 2021: Read the announcement from Member for Lane Cove, Anthony Roberts.

A Draft Property Strategy was deferred for revision following a meeting of Council held on 26 April 2021. The resolution also determined that Council commence the next phase of investigation of options and community consultation on an Arts and Cultural Hub (the former depot site) and the Village Green (Gladesville Road and Figtree Park site).

Frequently asked questions

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery program, all NSW Councils were invited to submit a proposal to the Public Spaces Legacy Program.

Hunter’s Hill Council submitted a proposal to upgrade Figtree Park. We have met the initial milestones for the project, and plan to deliver a high quality open space that is accessible to all of our community. 

The funds for this project are from a non competitive NSW Government grant, and will not draw on rate funding. 

Details of the Public Spaces Legacy Program can be found on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website program page.

The Figtree Park project includes over 7000m2 of green, public open space. The green space in the image below (excluding the croquet lawn). It’s almost 2 acres of open space, in the middle of Hunter’s Hill Council LGA, and surrounded by local businesses and services that are central to our community. 

Image: Figtree Park, bordered by Ryde Road, Matthew Street and Gladesville Road.

For comparison Figtree Park is half the size of Trafalgar Square or 14 basketball courts.

The Public Spaces Legacy Program project is funding the upgrade of the open space only, however a summary of the usage of the buildings along Gladesville Road is below: 

  • 1 Matthew St: Council owned, leased to Croquet Club
  • 42 Gladesville Rd: Council owned, leased to Sydney Community Services
  • 44 Gladesville Rd: Council owned, Gladesville Road Community Centre and Meals on Wheels
  • 46 Gladesville Rd: Council owned, leased to Sydney Community Services
    48 Gladesville Rd: Council owned, leased to residential tenants

50 Gladesville Rd is a heritage listed sandstone building, privately owned.

A participation portal was open from 10 July to 21 August 2021.  

Comments and feedback contributed via the online survey, ideas mapping tool, email or direct communications to Council, will help form the brief for the design of the project, with a report being presented to Council, and a design scope provided to the landscape architects to prepare a concept design. 

We expect that the concept design will be available for further community consultation late October. One phase of this consultation will include the formation of a Citizens Jury.

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Hunter’s Hill Council

22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
PO Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
Tel: (02) 9879 9400

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