Council is working with the local community to deliver a fun new play space at Walter Brown Park in Oatlands AND improve the Gibbons Street Shops!

Located on the corner of Gibbons Street and Wesley Street at the Oatlands/Telopea border, Walter Brown Park is situated across the road from a small group of local shops on Gibbons Street which includes a café. This popular local playground is presently targeted to pre-school aged children (0 – 5 years) and has ‘skill based’ play type elements.

Shops

Gibbons Street Shops

The local centre is a small cluster of shops which includes a cafe. See below for images of the current condition of the local shops. What Ideas do you have to improve the Gibbons Street Shops?

Playground

Walter Brown Park Playground

The playground is currently split over two levels, with the main play structure on the upper level and swings on the lower level. The existing playground is also fenced around the perimeter and through the middle separating the two levels. See below for images of the current condition of the playground.

During stage one community engagement for the Walter Brown Playground, Council was looking to determine how the local community currently uses the playground at Walter Brown Park, as well as develop an understanding of what the community wants to see delivered as part of the upgrade.


We recently developed a draft concept plan for Walter Brown Playground and sought ideas for improvements to the nearby Gibbons Street Shops! View the concept below.

Concept plans for the Walter Brown park playground upgrade.

Have your say

Feedback on the draft concept plan for the Walter Brown Playground and Gibbons Street Shops has now concluded as of 5pm on Wednesday 20 October 2021.

Thank you to everyone you shared ideas and insights!


What's next?

A concept plan for the Walter Brown Playground will be finalised and construction will commence in early 2022.

Based on your feedback about the Gibbons Street Shops, Council will then develop a draft concept plan for the improvements to Gibbons Street Shops based on your feedback. This will be delivered as a part of the Better Neighborhood Program (BNP) is a long-running and successful Council program that focuses on the capital upgrades of local centres outside of the Parramatta CBD.

Frequently asked questions

For Walter Brown Playground

The playground is being replaced under the City of Parramatta Playground Replacement Program as it has reached the end of its functional life and must be upgraded to meet Australian standards for playground safety.

The City of Parramatta Community Infrastructure Strategy recommends that upgrades to local playgrounds in the Oatlands/Telopea area should cater to both pre-schoolers (aged 0-5) and juniors (aged 6-12), as well as increase the ‘natural’, ‘sensory’ and ‘imaginative’ play type elements.

Along with community feedback, these recommendations will help guide what the playground upgrade will include.

Parts of the playground are well-shaded, however in response to the Community Infrastructure Strategy recommendation that shade be considered as part of local playground upgrades, additional shade trees have recently been planted.

The existing fencing will be retained where possible and re-designed to join the divided parts of the playground

At this stage, the playground upgrade should not require the removal of any trees.

No water play is planned for this playground as it is only to be installed in specially considered locations and is too expensive to install and maintain under a local playground budget.

No trampolines or flying foxes are planned for this playground as these items are too expensive to be funded under a local playground budget.

Outdoor exercise equipment is not designed for children and cannot be included in playgrounds. The budget has been specifically allocated to upgrade the playground and does not allow for additional items in the park.

Yes, the playground will include at least two new seats with backrests.

The existing bin will be retained. There are no plans for the addition of a bubbler.

The play surface around the play equipment will be made from a coloured porous rubber.