Your Park, Your Design: Dillon Street Reserve

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.

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 a unique opportunity to develop this precious open space to provide a range of recreational uses for the community.

Over the last eight months, 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.

NEXT STEP: Please have a look at the Concept Plan for the new design of Dillon street Reserve, and leave your comments in the Guest book below. You'll need to be registered on Your Say Woollahra. If you haven't already signed up, please register here. Comments close at 4.30pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020.


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 a unique opportunity to develop this precious open space to provide a range of recreational uses for the community.

Over the last eight months, 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.

NEXT STEP: Please have a look at the Concept Plan for the new design of Dillon street Reserve, and leave your comments in the Guest book below. You'll need to be registered on Your Say Woollahra. If you haven't already signed up, please register here. Comments close at 4.30pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020.


  • Concept Plan open for comment

    24 days ago

    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?

    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

    26 days ago
    Please read our newest article for the latest news!

    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.

    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

    about 1 month ago
    Please check our newest article for the latest news!

    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.

    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

    about 1 month ago
    Please read our newest article for the latest news!

    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.

    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

    8 months ago
    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!

    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!