Better streets and spaces

Launch of new inner-city park to spark kids’ imaginations

Stepping stones, distorting mirrors, a rain wheel and timber animals form the heart of an imaginative new playground in Darlinghurst.

  • New children’s playground

    We worked closely with the community to design this delightful new park.

  • Room to skip

    A playful space for local children.

  • Sound travels

    This park honours the legacy of Frances Newton, who established free kindergartens in the inner city.

  • Catch me if you can

    The Frances Newton Preschool was designed and built by Sydney City Council in 1928 and served the community for 85 years. This park is built on the site of the former kindergarten and features some of the foundations as a tribute to the history of the area.

  • Official opening

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Marjory (Marge) Love. Marge attended Frances Newton Kindergarten in 1926.

  • Smoking ceremony at the opening

    The official launch of Frances Newton Reserve at 222 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst.

  • Pocket park

    The 280 square metre park is the City’s 280th pocket park.

  • Hula hoops

    Small parks like the Frances Newton Reserve are great examples of how we turn inner-city areas into creative pocket parks to be enjoyed for many years to come.

  • Distorting mirror

    The City of Sydney local area has more than 370 parks, including 280 small parks and playgrounds.