North Granville Community Facilities Draft Masterplan

The draft masterplan for North Granville identifies upgrades to community and recreational facilities at FS Garside Park and the adjoining reserve at Duck Creek. The draft masterplan provides a long term vision to guide planning for social infrastructure, population growth and active transportation.

The draft masterplan identifies the following upgrades:

  • The playground at Gray Street,
  • FS Garside sports field,
  • Onslow street carpark,
  • Alfred Street cycleway,
  • The dog park,
  • New youth recreation facilities and
  • A new community multi-purpose building.


You can view the full draft masterplan in the resources section on the right, and copies are also available at the:

  • City of Parramatta Library, 1-3 Fitzwilliam Street, Parramatta
  • Council’s Customer Service Centre, 126 Church Street, Parramatta


Submissions have now closed on the North Granville Community Facilities Draft Masterplan as of 5pm on Thursday 14 November.

Thank you for your participation, we are currently reviewing your feedback and will keep you updated.


For more information, contact: 02 9806 5050

Frequently asked questions

Community consultation was undertaken in June and July 2019 to inform the draft masterplan. The main issues identified included; lack of active and passive recreation opportunities, lack of knowledge about FS Garside Park and the perception that the location is unsafe.

The community feedback, in addition to the site and soil investigations (conducted in May 2019) informed the improvements identified in the draft masterplan.

  1. To deliver a master plan 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 FS 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.

Before improvements can be designed, further information was needed about the composition of the soil beneath the park and adjoining sites. The City of Parramatta commissioned soil testing (May 2019) to inform the design of the masterplan and construction of new community and recreation facilities.

Soil samples from the test site were sent to a laboratory for analysis. Asbestos air quality monitoring results before, during and after the testing were within normal levels.

Council will collect and review all feedback submitted. A report (anticipated December 2019) will be prepared that identifies changes/improvements to the draft masterplan from community feedback provided during the public exhibition. The report will also formally seek Council endorsement to adopt and finalise the masterplan for implementation.


Frequently asked questions about site closures

Site and soil investigations were conducted in May 2019 to inform the development of the North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan.

Early 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 have been fenced and will remain closed to the public until completion of remediation works and construction in 2020.

Further testing, including groundwater and gas monitoring, is also being conducted within these closed areas.

Environmental reports will inform the methods used to remediate the site, and will help determine safe work practices required to deliver the Draft North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan.

Test results and proposed works will be provided as part of the ongoing community consultation process for the Masterplan.

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

Contaminants like asbestos only pose a risk to human health if fibres become airborne, and can be inhaled.  Other contaminants, like hydrocarbons (often found in ash etc) only pose a risk if they come into contact with skin, or are ingested.

As a precautionary measure, areas where test results showed contaminated materials were present beneath the soil have been closed. These areas have been fenced to limit soil disturbance, prevent public access and possible physical contact with any potential contaminants that pose a contact risk.

Historic records suggest that FS Garside Park may have operated as a rubbish tip. In the early 1930s it was converted for use as a soccer field by placing a deep compacted soil layer over the landfill and planting a grass layer over the capped landfill site.

Site survey information will assist in the development of the North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan.

The City of Parramatta appointed a licensed specialist contractor to undertake environmental investigations in sections of FS Garside Recreational Park, dog park and the natural reserve adjacent to Duck Creek. These investigations are now complete.

In order to determine how to safely carry out further work at FS Garside, the City of Parramatta commissioned qualified environmental consultants to install gas and groundwater monitoring wells within the park. Reports will inform the methods used to remediate the site, and will help determine whether groundwater and ventilation treatments will be required as part of works to deliver the North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan.

While it is unlikely that a former landfill site more than 10 years old, like that below FS Garside, will be releasing gas at volumes that may cause concern, ground gas monitoring is required to determine safe work practices for Council staff and contractors who may be required to work in confined spaces during construction.

Eight small wells for the monitoring of ground gases, and one tower well for groundwater monitoring have been installed.

While on site, consultants also took additional, targeted soil samples to allow a more detailed understanding of the conditions at the site.

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

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

Early results from the first round of monitoring show that surface gas levels are within normal limits. Groundwater results will be provided with the final report expected in December 2019.

City of Parramatta has engaged a specialist contractor certified to safely work on landfill sites to allow for the ongoing maintenance of FS Garside until the anticipated Masterplan works begin in 2020.

All works including grass mowing will be carried out to comply with appropriate work, health and safety standards. Contractors will wear personal protection equipment and will conduct air quality monitoring during mowing and any other required maintenance activities. 

The nearest playgrounds to FS Garside are located at Rosella Park (Les Burnett Lane, Harris Park), Jubilee Park (Jubilee Lane, Parramatta), James Ruse Water Playground (Hassall Street, Parramatta) and Biplane Park (Prospect Street, Rosehill).

A full list of playgrounds is available on the City of Parramatta website or Cumberland Council website.

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

Council will continue to inform the community of any further works at FS Garside.  Sections of the park will remain closed.

It is intended that remediation works will be undertaken as part of construction to deliver the North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan. Construction is anticipated to commence in 2020. 

In July 2019, Council completed a first round of community consultation to inform the Masterplan. Reflecting community feedback, a Draft Masterplan is in development for public exhibition later this year. More information on how to have your say on the Draft Masterplan will be provided across the next few weeks.

For further information, please email or phone (02) 9806 5050.


Page last updated Friday 22 November 2019

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