South Lawson Park

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Works have commenced on South Lawson Park.

Construction on the upgrade to South Lawson Park began in November 2021.

17 January 2022: See an update on 'Pathways and Fencing' in the News Feed below...

Overview of the project

Features of the new park will include:

  • Accessible paths will go from both Ferris Lane and Wilson Street towards the new dog area and continue around as a loop walk so you can enjoy the quieter outskirts of the park.
  • Once inside the fenced dog off-leash area, you can choose from several tracks and play zones with opportunities to play and run and rest.
  • The nature exploration area will offer opportunities for families to discover and be led by the natural features.
  • Close by, grass terrace seating creates a natural amphitheatre for informal gatherings and small community events.
  • Water refill stations will be available throughout the park.
  • We are increasing the edge of the riparian zone. This means planting more locally sourced natives to protect the creekline, swamp and wet areas.

View the completed designs for the fenced dog off leash area and accessible path.

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.

See the news articles below for the latest information on this project.

The project is funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20 year-agreement between the Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City.

Works have commenced on South Lawson Park.

Construction on the upgrade to South Lawson Park began in November 2021.

17 January 2022: See an update on 'Pathways and Fencing' in the News Feed below...

Overview of the project

Features of the new park will include:

  • Accessible paths will go from both Ferris Lane and Wilson Street towards the new dog area and continue around as a loop walk so you can enjoy the quieter outskirts of the park.
  • Once inside the fenced dog off-leash area, you can choose from several tracks and play zones with opportunities to play and run and rest.
  • The nature exploration area will offer opportunities for families to discover and be led by the natural features.
  • Close by, grass terrace seating creates a natural amphitheatre for informal gatherings and small community events.
  • Water refill stations will be available throughout the park.
  • We are increasing the edge of the riparian zone. This means planting more locally sourced natives to protect the creekline, swamp and wet areas.

View the completed designs for the fenced dog off leash area and accessible path.

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.

See the news articles below for the latest information on this project.

The project is funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20 year-agreement between the Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City.

  • Pathways & fencing update

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    17/01/22 update:

    In response to further questions from the community about the new path and fencing:

    What is the new circular path and how wide is it?

    The new circular path which is being built at South Lawson Park is a shared path. A shared path is wider than a standard footpath and allows walkers with dogs and cyclists to use the path at the same time, safely. The standards for shared paths are from a national set of construction standards and depend on how busy the site is. The surface of the shared path will be 2.5 metres wide.

    The shared path will be wide enough for vehicles such as council’s maintenance and bush regeneration teams, but gates to the site will always be locked and it will not be open to public vehicles.

    Parts of the circular informal walking path are too steep to be wheelchair accessible, but the route has been designed to ensure that the grades along the path are easily walkable with no steep sections. This makes it a suitable walking option for community members who use a wide range of mobility aids. This is why parts of the path are being built through trees and some smaller trees will be removed for the shared path. (Where the path is being built through pockets of bush, Council’s Principal Landscape Architect has worked with a local aborist to ensure that the path alignment avoids removal of significant, rare and habitat trees.)

    Building the path through trees will also provide a variety of landscape along the path for walkers and shady places on very hot days.

    Why is heavy machine necessary to build this path?

    To construct the shared path, the clearing will be at least 3.5 metres wide, so grasses can be planted along the edge of the path. Where the path needs to be constructed on ground across a slope clearing it will be wider, but no wider than necessary, to ensure that there are no steep drops on the low side of the path. Some members of the community may think that the construction equipment is larger than necessary, but the machine called a drot, has been chosen because it can do all the work for the job.

    What are the other paths and how wide are they?

    Inside the fenced dog off-leash area the paths are footpaths as this part of the park has not been designed to include bike riders. The footpath will be 1.8 metres wide and the width of clearing will be at least 2.8 metres through any existing vegetation.

    Will there be a buffer to protect the natural vegetation and wildlife habitat?

    Along the eastern edge of the park, there will be a large area, that is currently mown grass, which will be reclaimed as bushland through a natural regeneration process which will increase the habitat for native animals and birds. This will create a wider protective buffer for Lawson Creek and Adelina Falls to further improve the water quality flowing into the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. Vegetation which is removed from the from the dog agility area and the path construction will be used for the bushland regeneration to ensure that local seeds are used to retain the local genome for these plants. (This area will be temporarily fenced with a standard stock fence while the bush regenerates which may take 2-3 years.)

    Has there been consultation for these changes?

    All the elements of the project have been designed following a comprehensive community consultation process. Following the community consultation, there were several changes made to the design as a direct result of requests and suggestions from residents and park users including:

    • The originally proposed sports grounds are not in the Master Plan or Plan of Management.
    • Significant enlargement of the fenced off-leash area
    • Even more additional native landscaping and bush regeneration
    • More accessible grades along the path and extra seating and rest areas
    • Maintaining the heritage landscape values of the golf course fairways and vistas with an unobtrusive fence and planting changes
    • A safety gate to protect dogs and children from the risks of unmanaged bushland and Adelina falls.

    What is happening with the fencing?

    Previous consultation has also included options for the type of fencing to be used on site.

    Following a large number of questions from the community about the type of fencing which will be used for the dog off leash area, completion of the fencing has been put on hold so further consultation can take place. While the fencing is on hold it is important that construction for the rest of the project is able to continue because construction delay costs are significant.

    For further details regarding this project to please refer to the FAQs on the right hand side of the page or click here.

  • Work begins on fencing

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    22/12/21:

    We know the community have some questions about this project, now that work is underway.

    Temporary fencing has been installed in some places at South Lawson Park, and work has begun on the permanent fencing.

    Council’s contractor has installed 100m of permanent fencing, so the community can see what this fencing will look like when it’s finished. Council will plant mature native species in front of this fencing in January 2022 so the community can also see how the planting will look. The planting will soften the fence and act as a visual clue to its presence.

    See the recently added FAQs on the right of this page (or below if you are viewing this on a mobile device) for more information on the fencing or planting.

  • Council has now adopted the Master Plan and Plan of Management

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    by Digital Marketing Coordinator,

    Council has now adopted the Masterplan and Plan of Management for South Lawson Park.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the consultation process. Construction on the park is due to begin in 2021.
    Please see our news feed for regular project updates.

    To view the Plan of Management which was adopted on 30 March 2021 go to: https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/documents/plan-of-management-south-lawson-park

    To view the Masterplan which was adopted on 30 March 2021 go to: https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/documents/south-lawson-park-masterplan.

    Features of the new park will include:

    • Accessible paths will go from both Ferris Lane and Wilson Street towards the new dog area and continue around as a loop walk so you can enjoy the quieter outskirts of the park.
    • Once inside the fenced dog off leash area, you can choose from several tracks and play zones with opportunities to play and run and rest.
    • The nature exploration area will offer opportunities for families to discover and be led by the natural features.
    • Close by, grass terrace seating creates a natural amphitheatre for informal gatherings and small community events.
    • Water refill stations will be available throughout the park.
    • We are increasing the edge of the riparian zone. This means planting more locally sourced natives to protect the creekline, swamp and wet areas.
  • Draft POM and MP going to Council

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    The draft Plan of Management (POM) and amended Masterplan (MP) were on public exhibition from 9 December 2020 to 21 February 2021. These documents have been amended in response to the submissions. A summary of the submissions and responses, along with the amended documents, will be presented to Council on 30 March 2021.

    The Business Papers will be available the Wednesday before the Council Meeting. Currently Council Meetings are being held via video conferencing to help secure the health and safety of our community, Councillors and Council staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The community is still able to make submissions in writing, as long as these are a maximum of 500 words and identify an item on the Council meeting agenda.

    For Council meeting information please click here https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/council-meetings


  • Draft Plan of Management and Masterplan

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    The Draft Plan of Management and Amended Masterplan for the South Lawson Park (formerly Lawson Crown Lands) is now on public exhibition seeking community input until Sunday 21 February 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.

    You can look at the two plans and provide feedback on what has been written, as well as suggest additional information to be considered. You may have seen a previous version of the Masterplan, so we encourage you to look over this updated version and let us know if the amendments meet your needs.

  • Completed Designs

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    Completed Designs

    The completed designs for the fenced dog off leash area and accessible path include:

    • 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.
    • The nature exploration area will offer opportunities for families to discover and be led by the natural features such as boulders, logs and sand.
    • Close by the grass terrace seating will create a natural amphitheatre for informal gatherings and small community events.
    • Another accessible path will come from Wilson Street in a sweeping walkway to meet the lower entrance to 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 parklands.
    • Once inside the fenced dog off leash area, you can choose from several tracks and play zones as well as areas to sit, relax and chat.
    • The dog play opportunities and agility activities will include tunnels, turf mounds and long runs.
    • Water refill stations will be positioned at the entrance to both the park and inside the fenced dog off leash area.
    • We are increasing the edge of the riparian zone, meaning that we are planting more locally sourced natives to protect the creekline, swamp and wet areas.
    • There will be additional native planting underneath the canopy in some bush areas.
    • To alert users to Adelina Falls, a low fence and entrance gate will be placed along the walking track.
  • Drop-in session - 29 February 2020

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    We’ll be at the Lawson Parklands to share the updated plans, and talk about the process we’ve gone through to get here.

    Time: 2-4pm
    Date: Saturday 29 February
    Location: Lawson Parklands, Wilson Street, Lawson

    Staff will be located at the Wilson Street entrance (between the old club house and cemetery).

  • Community drop in sessions - November 2019

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    Join us for a community drop in session where you can review and comment on the Lawson Parklands, including the new shared walking area and bike path, the larger fenced dog off-leash area and other improvements.

    • Saturday 23 November Lawson Mechanics Institute, 284 Great Western Highway, 1-4pm

    • Saturday 30 November Mavis Wood Hall, Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, 7 New Street, Lawson, 1-4pm
    Can’t make a community drop in session?

    You will be able to review and comment on the Lawson Parklands concepts through a feedback form which will be available from Saturday 23 November right here on this page.

  • Implementation of the Masterplan

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    Council adopted the Lawson Crown Lands Masterplan on 25 June 2019 and is proceeding with the detailed design of the Stage One facilities that include:

    • Increased riparian buffer planting along the boundary of what was the former golf course
    • Improved pedestrian access to surrounding streets and bush trails, and to the town centre
    • Improved detention pond for water quality to Lawson Creek, and associated play and picnic areas
    • Circular walking path and arboretum, accessible where possible with rest facilities
    • A fenced dog off-leash area with seating and a variety of spaces.

    The masterplan was developed with extensive community consultation and supports achievement of our community strategic objective creating vibrant places for people to live, work and play. The draft masterplan was publicly exhibited from Wednesday 6 March to Thursday 4 April 2019 and submissions received up until COB 18 April 2019.

    You can access the final masterplan and supporting documents are available in the document library.

    Please note the masterplan is conceptual and does not represent a development proposal or development options.

    Construction of Stage One is subject to detailed design and further public consultation. Stage Two is subject to further investigation on the need for sporting facilities, amenity and environmental matters.

  • Dogs in bushland areas

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    Council acknowledges that the safety of dogs in the proposed dog off-leash area is of interest to dog owners, particularly in relation to the amount of treed versus grassed space, and the potential for snakes. Council will consider all feedback on the draft masterplan and attempt to address concerns raised by dog owners in the detailed design process which will follow the masterplanning process. The detailed designs of facilities that are proposed in Stage 1 of the draft masterplan will be placed on public exhibition in the future for further public comment.

Page last updated: 18 January 2022, 11:59