Stage 1 - North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan

Throughout late 2019, Council invited further feedback from the community on the Draft North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan in order to build on the understandings gathered earlier in the year during the first phase of engagement. An online survey and a series of drop-in sessions were used to engage with a broad cross-section of the community, including local residents and sporting groups.

Who did we engage with?

  • 100 respondents completed the online survey
  • 62 people completed a paper-based survey
  • 15 residents attended an additional drop-in session
  • 19 open submissions were received

During this second phase of engagement, a majority of the community expressed support for the Masterplan which identifies upgrades to community and recreational facilities at F.S. Garside Park and the adjoining reserve at Duck Creek. The plan provides a long term vision to guide planning for social infrastructure, population growth and active transportation.

Following community consultation, Stage 1 of the Masterplan was adopted by Council at its 16 December 2019 meeting.

You can view Stage 1 of the Masterplan and the community engagement results that helped inform the development of Stage 1 in the resources section to the right.

Stage 1 of the Masterplan includes improvements to F.S. Garside Park and the Alfred Street streetscape at Granville. These improvements are being funded under the NSW Government’s Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program (PRUAIP).


Throughout 2020, Council will conduct further analysis and community consultation to inform Stage 2 of the Masterplan, including review of alternative locations for the community building and its use. The timeline to the right is indicative only until completion of the detailed concept design.

Stage 1 implementation of the Masterplan includes:

  • Provision of play spaces and facilities for different ages and abilities.
  • Southern half of Onslow Street converted to open space.
  • Improving access and functionality to the playing field via retractable gates
  • New synthetic turf for playing field to provide year round usage and withstand high endurance activities.
  • Provision of a range of outdoor gathering spaces including picnic shelters, tables and seating.
  • Reduction in concrete play surfaces and planting of mature trees to reduce urban heat and provide nature-based play.
  • Reduction of car spaces with new 90 degree parking arrangement for Gray Street and northern section of Onslow Street.
  • Creating a separated cycle way along Alfred St to connect to the regional cycle way beneath the M4 viaduct.



City of Parramatta Council invites your feedback to inform the concept design of the F.S. Garside playground, picnic facilities, dog park and new youth recreation area as part of the implementation of the Stage 1 North Granville Community Facilities MasterPlan.

Tell us what you would like to see as part of these upgrades. What are the current issues? What are your ideas for the new park amenities?

To provide your feedback, attend a drop in session:

  • 5 March 2020, 3pm-4pm at Biplane Park, Rosehill
  • 5 March 2020, 4.30pm-6pm at F.S. Garside Park, Gray Street, Granville
  • 7 March 2020, 2pm-4pm at F.S. Garside Park, Gray Street, Granville

Further detail is available in the resources section.

For more information please contact the Place Services team on 02 9806 5050 or email

Frequently asked questions

Consultation Outcome Report- Draft Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Strategy (pages 18-27) identifies the key issues and opportunities for the Granville Precinct collected during the NSW Government 2015 community consultation to inform the development of the PRUAIP projects. This consultation was considered sufficient to commence the works associated with the PRUAIP at F.S. Garside Park and Alfred Street.

The development of a Masterplan to inform recreational and community amenity planning for North Granville was considered necessary to plan and identify funding requirements beyond the scope of the PRUAIP. The Masterplan also provides certainty as to how the park will develop as Granville’s population increases.

Council conducted two rounds of community consultation to inform the development of the Stage 1-North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan:

Phase 1 (June-July 2019) – to understand community recreation and community requirements.

Phase 2 (Oct-Nov 2019) – to publicly exhibit the draft Masterplan to identify issues and include amendments.

Further community consultation is planned to inform the detail design of each area i.e. Northern Play Area, Playing Field, Youth Recreation Area and Dog Park, Alfred Street Cycleway.

  1. To deliver a masterplan 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 F.S. 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.

Council will begin progress on the below actions to implement Stage 1 of the Masterplan.

  1. Preparation of a delivery plan for Masterplan items based on requirements relating to Section 117 Ministerial Direction EP&A Act 1979  and PRUAIP funding commitment including:
    • Scoping the cost and recommended delivery timeframes of any additional project/upgrade requirements identified under the Masterplan during the detailed design process
    • Preparation of a Review of Environmental Factors (REF), Remediation Action Plan (RAP) and management plan where relevant.
  2. Continue to work with the local community, DPIE, EPA and Sydney Water on the detailed design development of the Stage 1-North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan.
  3. Negotiate a variation with DPIE to seek additional funds for remediation and extension in project delivery timeframes to provide the best outcome for the community. 

Following public exhibition, the community building and the new car parking arrangement were considered key issues. Both these components are part of Stage 2 which is now subject to further site analysis and community consultation.



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 F.S. Garside Park may have operated as a rubbish tip. In the early 1930’s 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 F.S. Garside Recreational Park, dog park and the natural reserve adjacent to Duck Creek in May 2019. These initial investigations are now complete.

In order to determine how to safely carry out further work at F.S. 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 F.S. 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 F.S. 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 F.S. 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 has an obligation to remediate F.S. Garside Park regardless of Masterplan adoption. Developing a Remediation Action Plan (RAP) that complements the Masterplan will ensure that the remediation is based on the future needs of the park.

Further site investigations, flood modelling and community consultation for each component of the Masterplan is required to inform detailed design and development of a relevant RAP to limit public exposure to potential contaminants before construction can progress.

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


Page last updated Tuesday 11 February 2020.

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