Community consultation in Jack Shanahan Reserve

Between 10am-12noon today there was community consultation happening at Jack Shanahan Reserve Dulwich Hill held jointly between Marrickville Council & NSW Department of Transport.  Quite a few people turned up, despite being a drizzly day.

Marrickville Council were asking people what kind of features & improvements they wanted in Jack Shanahan Reserve, while NSW Transport were asking for feedback on their plans for the Light Rail Extension along the whole Light Rail route.  Council was also cooking sausage sandwiches, which was nice.

The Dulwich Hill Interchange is the last stop on the Light Rail Extension & will be located inside the rail cutting next to Dulwich Hill Railway Station. NSW Transport plans to link the Interchange with Jack Shanahan Reserve & Bedford Crescent.  The plans include the following features (taken from their information sheet with thanks)  –

  • A lift & stairs to the platform from Bedford Crescent.
  • A new pathway linking Jack Shanahan Reserve.
  • A ‘pocket park’ to be established at the end of Bedford Crescent.
  • Reconfigured parking in Bedford Crescent.
  • Kiss & ride parking & dedicated disabled parking in Bedford Avenue & Ness Avenue.
  • A new pedestrian pathway to the heavy rail stop.
  • Bicycle racks in Bedford Crescent.
  • Single platform with level crossings, non-slip finish & tactile indicators.
  • Passenger information displays.
  • Shelters, seats & bins on platforms.
  • Lighting, closed circuit television cameras & an emergency help point for security & safety.
  • Planting of endemic, low maintenance species adjacent to the stop & pathways that will allow clear lines of sight.
  • Wayfinding & information signage to make accessing & switching between transport modes easier.

What I could see from NSW Transport’s map of Jack Shanahan Reserve was that they intend to install 5 new seats & plant 19 new trees along the pedestrian pathway to the entrance at Ness Avenue.  I am very happy that new trees will be planted, though I hope they will not be Casuarinas as there are plenty of this species of tree along this section of the park.   Tall trees that create a nice shady canopy would significantly add to the amenity of the park.  The choice of tree species here is very important because of the proximity to the Greenway.

The new pocket park at the bottom of Bedford Crescent will be landscaped maintaining clear sightlines, which probably means low plants.  The pedestrian pathways through Jack Shanahan Reserve will remain the same, except for an additional new path that will cross through to the new pocket park & to the Interchange.

I was glad to see that Council had removed the VW car that was filled with concrete.  Its time was up.

NSW Department of Transport plans for Jack Shanahan Reserve – Lime green = new trees, blue S = new seats, yellow line = new pedestrian pathway to new pocket park.