Your Park, Your Design: Dillon Street Reserve

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Image of the existing play equipment at Dillon Street Reserve, Paddington. It includes a slide off a raised decks with steps and a spring toy in the foreground. In the background there are trees and vegetation.

Consultation has now concluded – thank you for your feedback. However, keep an eye on the news feed for updates as we build this exciting project!

Choose your own adventure at Dillon Street Reserve

Dillon Street Reserve is growing bigger! Council received a 1300m2 parcel of land from Presbyterian Aged Care, the owners of the Old Scottish Hospital site. We have had a unique opportunity to develop this precious open space to provide a range of recreational uses for the community.

We have been working closely with the community, through a range of events and activities, to collaborate on the creation of a plan for the park. There have been a number of opportunities for people to be involved, including:

  • A meet and greet that was held on site on Saturday 27 July 2019.
  • An online survey that was informed by feedback gathered on the open day, which gave us some additional information from many people in the community.
  • A co-design workshop with the community, Council and our landscape architects, to put feedback on paper and see design ideas come to life.
  • A 'Kids Only' sneak peek of our draft concept plans for children involved in the process.

Throughout the engagement program, there have been some pretty clear themes, including:

  • keeping the new green space open
  • tidying up the middle section of the reserve
  • creating wild play elements within the gully area.

We also heard your concerns about having a safe place to run around and play, so we've upgraded the fencing.

At the design workshop, Council was honest about the budget available for this project, and the group worked through priority areas and what 'wants' could wait a little longer. For example, the current play equipment will remain in place until it is due for renewal (no need to upgrade it now).

Like all projects, not all requests can be catered for and we have had to make some compromises. We believe the concept plan captures a vast majority of what was spoken about, and that it reflects and recognises the values and community of the space.

The Concept Plan for the new design of Dillon Street Reserve went on public display in April 2020 before going to the Finance, Community and Service Committee meeting for approval. A summary of the engagement findings and response to concept plan feedback can be found here.


After completing a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Heritage Impact Statement (HIS), the reserve is now ready for construction.

A landscape architect is currently putting finishing touches on the design and finalising the project's plan of construction. Council will then procure builders and equipment ahead of work commencing in March 2021. The new Dillon Street Reserve is projected to open in June 2021.

Consultation has now concluded – thank you for your feedback. However, keep an eye on the news feed for updates as we build this exciting project!

Choose your own adventure at Dillon Street Reserve

Dillon Street Reserve is growing bigger! Council received a 1300m2 parcel of land from Presbyterian Aged Care, the owners of the Old Scottish Hospital site. We have had a unique opportunity to develop this precious open space to provide a range of recreational uses for the community.

We have been working closely with the community, through a range of events and activities, to collaborate on the creation of a plan for the park. There have been a number of opportunities for people to be involved, including:

  • A meet and greet that was held on site on Saturday 27 July 2019.
  • An online survey that was informed by feedback gathered on the open day, which gave us some additional information from many people in the community.
  • A co-design workshop with the community, Council and our landscape architects, to put feedback on paper and see design ideas come to life.
  • A 'Kids Only' sneak peek of our draft concept plans for children involved in the process.

Throughout the engagement program, there have been some pretty clear themes, including:

  • keeping the new green space open
  • tidying up the middle section of the reserve
  • creating wild play elements within the gully area.

We also heard your concerns about having a safe place to run around and play, so we've upgraded the fencing.

At the design workshop, Council was honest about the budget available for this project, and the group worked through priority areas and what 'wants' could wait a little longer. For example, the current play equipment will remain in place until it is due for renewal (no need to upgrade it now).

Like all projects, not all requests can be catered for and we have had to make some compromises. We believe the concept plan captures a vast majority of what was spoken about, and that it reflects and recognises the values and community of the space.

The Concept Plan for the new design of Dillon Street Reserve went on public display in April 2020 before going to the Finance, Community and Service Committee meeting for approval. A summary of the engagement findings and response to concept plan feedback can be found here.


After completing a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Heritage Impact Statement (HIS), the reserve is now ready for construction.

A landscape architect is currently putting finishing touches on the design and finalising the project's plan of construction. Council will then procure builders and equipment ahead of work commencing in March 2021. The new Dillon Street Reserve is projected to open in June 2021.

  • Project updates

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    12 Oct 2020

    The final concept design was endorsed by Council's Finance, Community & Services Committee on 9 June 2020. In response to community feedback, additional shaded seating and landscape improvements were included, and Australian native plants will be prioritised in the final planting plan.

    A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) has now been completed for the project, finding no additional impacts when appropriate mitigation measures are taken.

    This means the Dillon Street Reserve project can now move ahead to construction! A landscape architect has been engaged to complete the final plan of construction. Council will then procure builders and equipment ahead of work starting in March 2021.

  • Comments on the Concept design now closed

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    15 Apr 2020

    Thank you to those who provided comments on the Guest Book, or emailed feedback through. Council officers will new review feedback and prepare a report for the Finance, Community and Services Committee.

  • Concept Plan open for comment

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    15 Apr 2020

    The Concept Plan for the design of Dillon Street Reserve is available to view and provide comment. The new swing set was the most popular addition when we asked children at the 'Sneak Peek' session. What do you like?

  • Plans almost ready for Exhibition

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    09 Mar 2020
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    Council is excited that the concept plans for Dillon Street Reserve upgrade are almost ready. We hope these will be ready to go on exhibition early March. Having had a sneak peek- they look pretty good.

  • Fence to be reinstated at Stephen Street

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    05 Mar 2020
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    Council has received constant feedback throughout the engagement period that people want the park to remain enclosed. The park is regularly visited by children who play throughout the whole reserve, and the fence helps to provide a safe environment to allow children to run around and explore.

    Council will reinstate the fence are a priority. This will be a low level fence, similar to the existing fence on site.

  • Design workshop success

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    05 Mar 2020
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    Thank you to everyone who came to our community design workshop.

    The group at the workshop was able to help put shape to the feedback we have received from the previous Community Day in the Park and Online Survey.

    TBLD Landscape Design were present at the workshop and will consider all feedback to prepare a concept design, that will be presented to the community soon.

  • Meet & Greet at Dillon St Reserve

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    07 Aug 2019
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Stop by Dillon Street Reserve on Saturday 27 July, 11am - 1pm to meet Council staff and share your ideas for the park re-design.

    Want to know more? Register your interest to get information about the Dillon Street Reserve re-design straight to your inbox.

    We hope to see you there!