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.

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    This session is an opportunity to have a preview of the plans for Dillon Street Reserve prior to them going public - for Children only. Double Bay Library: Wednesday 26 February 2020: 3-5pm

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We've had some great feedback on the design of Dillon Street Reserve from our community open day on 27 July. 

    You've told us many great ideas for the space.

    We have now put those ideas together in this survey to seek preferences from the community for different aspects, e.g. Should we add additional play equipment? Should we keep the new grass space open?

    Your input plays an important role in making sure the concept design for Dillon Street Reserve reflects the views and aspirations of our community.

    We estimate it should take no more than 15 minutes to complete this survey.

    Thank you for taking time to participate. 

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We're planning a range of opportunities for our community to have their say on the re-design of Dillon Street Reserve. 

    You can stay up to date on what's happening and when, by visiting our Dillon Street Reserve project page.

    If you prefer to receive updates from Council, please provide us with your contact details by filling out this short form.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We invite you to register for the design workshops for Dillion Street Reserve. 

    The planned children's drop in session is postponed, and we will look to run something at the park in coming weeks.  

    The evening session will be more structured and led by consultants from TBLD.

    Date: Thursday 24th October,

    Time: Design Workshop:               6.30-8.00pm  

    Venue: Cooper Park Community Hall

    A light supper of sandwiches, fruits and tea and coffee will be provided. 

    It is important to register for the event, so we can provided enough resources and catering.  

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