Will the park remain open during construction?

    While construction is taking place the site will remain open to the public, however, some paths will be temporarily closed for safety, including the Ferris Lane gate. You will always be able to access the site from Wilson Street.

    Construction traffic will also need to access the site to deliver materials and these trucks will travel along Staples Crescent, New Street, Adelaide Street and Wilson Street. 

    What will be different about the dog area?

    Once inside the fenced dog off-leash area, you can choose from several tracks and play zones as well as new areas to sit, relax and chat. The dog play opportunities and agility activities include tunnels, turf mounds as well as long runs. Drinking water will also be available. The fencing around the off leash area will make it safe for large and fast dogs to get the running exercise they need, as well as protect the sensitive wetlands at the site.

    Where will the accessible path go?

    An accessible path will go from the Ferris Lane carpark (near Lawson Oval) past the nature exploration area and amphitheatre to the fenced dog off leash area. Another accessible path will come from Wilson Street in a sweeping walkway to meet the lower entrance of the dog off leash area. There will be accessible loop walks between 1 and 2km long. One will follow the boundary of the dog off leash area and another will allow you to venture further, enjoying the quieter outskirts of the park.

    Is the nature exploration area for kids?

    Yes. The nature exploration area will offer opportunities for families to discover and be led by the natural features such as boulders, logs and sand.

    Is there a new amphitheatre?

    Yes. Close by will be the grass terrace seating that creates a natural amphitheatre for informal gatherings and small community events.

    Can I book the new amphitheatre space for an event?

    The amphitheatre is designed for informal gatherings and small community events. There are currently no plans to have bookable spaces, but will Council will monitor the need for this.

    What is being done to look after the bushland?

    We are increasing the edge of the riparian zone. This means planting more locally sourced natives to protect the creekline, swamp and wet areas. There will be additional native planting underneath the canopy in the some bush areas.

    Are there any other new elements to the upgrade?

    Yes. Water refill stations will be positioned at the entrance to both the park and inside the fenced dog off leash area and to alert users to Adelina Falls, a low fence and entrance gate will be placed along the walking track.

    Will there be a toilet?

    The need for a toilet is recognised in both the Plan of Management and Master Plan. However, no funding has been identified in the short or medium term and Council is investigating options.

    When will construction begin and finish?

    Work on the upgrade will begin in November 2021 and is due to be finished by June 2022.

    An approximate timeline is below, weather permitting:

    • December 2021: Site set up and survey, installation of dog park fence and initial earthworks. 
    • January 2022: There will be ongoing earthworks for the walking path, clearing for dog play spaces, installation of sandstone, timber and concrete elements, and storm water works
    • February 2022: Work will begin on path surfaces, garden beds, soft landscaping and the Nature Play space.
    • March 2022: Completion of nature play space and garden beds.
    • April-June 2022:  Finishing the site works, turfing open spaces and installation of benches and other furniture.


    Tell me about the Masterplan and Plan of management for South Lawson Park

    The Draft Plan of Management and Amended Masterplan for the South Lawson Park were adopted on 30 March 2021.

    A Plan of Management is a legal document to guide how the park will be managed. It establishes directions for planning, permissible uses, management and maintenance of the land. These plans are endorsed by Crown Lands and Council.

    A Masterplan is a more detailed plan that guides future design to improve function and access, facilitate social activity and amenity for residents and visitors while recognising, respecting and enhancing the existing character. Masterplans are endorsed by Council.

    Does South Lawson Park have an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)?

    Lawson Parklands (South Lawson Park) is a Gundungurra listed site, and Council has an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the Gundungurra people. This is a legally binding agreement, which means the final plans for what we do on the site must be approved by the traditional owners of the land.

    The City of the Blue Mountains is located within the Country of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples. Council recognises that Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country and that this is of great cultural significance to Aboriginal people, both locally and in the region.

    What kind of fencing will be constructed around the dog off-leash area?

    There will be temporary fencing in place during the first stages of construction, and until the permanent fencing is in place. This is to divert people, and dogs, away from the works area.

    The temporary fencing consists of black star pickets and fluoro orange and yellow mesh. It is currently in a location where there will be no permanent fence and will be removed when it is no longer needed.

    The permanent fencing for the dog off-leash area is a 1.2 metre wire mesh fence with a combination of galvanised steel star pickets and square heavy duty galvanised steel posts placed at approximately every 20 metres.

    The wire mesh is especially designed for dogs and caters for different sized dogs, with smaller gaps at the base of the mesh to prevent small dogs escaping. The mesh will be further reinforced with three strands of tensioning wire for strength and durability. The star pickets will have safety caps and the wire will be threaded through the caps so they cannot fall off and litter the landscape. It is similar to a rural sheep fence which is highly durable and will last many years. 

    This type of fence has been chosen over a school or pool style fence to minimise the visual impact on the landscape values of the site, in line with previous community consultation.

    The installation is being done by a fencing contractor. We request that the community remains patient while we build a robust fence that is safe, strong and suitable for many needs.

    The photo below shows an artist's impression of how the permanent fence will look.


    Will there be plantings in front of the fencing?

    Council’s Bushland Operations team has prepared a plan for plantings along the dog fence which is a mix of local native species known to be present in the Lawson area. Species include: Purple Damperia; Carrot Tops; Old Man’s Beard; Blue Flax Lily; Mat Rush; Weeping Meadow Grass; and Native Iris. 

    Council only uses plant nurseries that grow the highest quality tubestock to ensure success.  The plants will also be watered as required for 6 months after planting.

    The plantings will soften the fencing and act as a visual clue to its presence.

    What fencing will be constructed around the riparian zone?

    The fencing around the riparian zone is standard five-strand stock fence with five strands of tensioned wires on a combination of round posts and star pickets.  

    The purpose of this fence is to discourage park users from walking through the bush regeneration which will be done on the east side of the park along the creek line and bush. (There will be no barbed wire.)

    When will the permanent fencing be completed?

    Council’s fencing contractor is working quickly to complete the fence and it will be completed in stages. However, wetter than expected conditions have caused some delays and we expect the permanent fencing to be finished by early 2022.

    Once the permanent fencing is completed, dogs will be required to be within the fenced area.

    How many gates will there be into the dog off-leash area?

    There will be four airlock gates into the dog off-leash area.

    Will there be dog poo bags at each dog off-leash area gate?

    No, the dog poo bags will be by the bins. There will not be a bin at each dog off-leash gate; they will be located near the park entrances to facilitate emptying.

    Will I still be able to take my dog to the waterfall?

    Yes, but this is outside the dog off-leash area, so your dog will need to be on a lead. The gate which will lead from open grassed area to the Adelina Falls track marks the change from a managed area into bushland.

    Can the fenced dog off-leash area be used 24/7?

    Yes, but the park is not lit, so you will need to bring a torch.

    Why can’t dogs be off-leash in bushland and parks if it’s Council land, not a National Park?

    Dogs can only be off-leash in parks in designated off-leash areas. Dogs can be on leash in parks, but they cannot go within 10 metres of a playground, either on- or off-leash, in line with the Companion Animals Act.

    To find out more about dog off-leash etiquette and additional guidelines go to: bmcc.nsw.gov.au/dogs

    Will the whole site be fully mowed?

    No.  High use areas will be frequently moved, while the rest of the site will be occasionally slashed, as required.

    Will parking along Wilson Street be formalised during this project?

    Improving parking along Wilson Street is not part of this project.  Any damage caused by construction equipment will be repaired during and at the end of the works.