Media release | 17 November 2021
Ambitious plans have been revealed to improve a waterfront Crown land reserve at Drummoyne for the benefit of Inner West residents.
The City of Canada Bay has released plans for an upgrade of Howley Park East Reserve with the assistance of $1.5 million from the NSW Government’s Crown Land Open Space Activation Program.
The program supports partnerships with Councils to activate and improve Crown land for community use.
The eastern side of Howley Park will be transformed by a design inspired by the natural environment, enhancing the smooth lines of the sandstone and beach.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a meandering accessible pedestrian path along a raised boardwalk connecting Victoria Place to the beach and marina, with a lookout spot and picturesque views along the way.
Works will also include a new turfed terrace where visitors can picnic and relax, improved foreshore access to the beach, a new retaining wall, access ramp, landscaping and bush regeneration.
A small clearing for passive recreation will be located between the road and beach. Beach access will allow for small personal watercraft and passive recreation.
City of Canada Bay General Manager John Clark said he was thrilled to secure the future of the site for the community.
“Howley Park East has served as a thoroughfare to the marina but these works will now make it a recreation destination,” Mr Clark said.
“I’m excited to now work alongside the local community on the plan for this space. We’ve developed a vision but the design will ultimately be shaped by residents after extensive consultation.
“By securing funding and the ongoing management of the recreational element of the reserve, we have been able to optimise this open space and create a new recreation area for our residents.”
Consultation on the plans is set to open in early 2022. Detailed designs will be developed before the project goes out to tender. The new and improved Howley Park East is scheduled to be complete in late 2022 for the community to enjoy.
To view the concept plans and read more about the project, visit Howley Park East.