The Rozelle Parklands are now open, with close to 10ha of new green space available to Inner West locals in time for summer, including multiple new active transport pathways. 

Approximately 1,500 Inner West residents gathered to celebrate the opening of the Parklands, which also boast a variety of recreational areas and facilities. 

These features include two large grass sports fields, a network of shared pathways for bike riders and pedestrians, wetlands with a boardwalk, playgrounds, fitness equipment, and a barbeque area.

The new parklands also include approximately 14km of new and improved cycling and walking paths, providing connections to surrounding active transport routes and public transport. 

The key pathway links are to the Anzac Bridge, Victoria Road, Rozelle Bay Light Rail Station, Annandale, Glebe and future The Bays Metro Station and precinct.

Transport for NSW Acting Secretary, Howard Collins, said that he is delighted to see Rozelle Parklands open for the community to enjoy. 

“There are so many different elements to this new open green space, so whether people want to be active or relax with family and friends, there is something for everyone,” Mr Collins said. 

“It’s exciting that we can deliver almost 10ha of beautiful parklands before Christmas and as the school holidays start, and it was great that many from the local community could help celebrate the opening of Rozelle Parklands today.”

Completion of the project caps a major transformation, with the parklands built on the site of the former disused Rozelle Rail Yards, which closed in 1980.

Over 3,000 trees were planted in the parklands, creating a new green hub right on the doorstep of the Sydney CBD. There are also bush trails, landscaped gardens and recognition of the local Aboriginal heritage with a Corroboree circle and Yarning circle.

Further work to enhance Rozelle Parklands will continue in 2024 with the delivery of lighting for the sports fields, multi-purpose courts for netball and basketball, and additional amenities like changing rooms for organised sports.

Inner West Council said it will lead the delivery of a revised master plan for Rozelle Parklands in consultation with the local community.

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