Remember when kids used to play safely out on the street? North Sydney Council is launching a bold new plan to give some of the local streets back to our children for play space.
In Spring 2020, North Sydney Council floated a ‘Street Play’ pilot program which would see its streets transformed into public open spaces for the kids to play and families to enjoy. After a round of nominations for participating streets, the initiative is finally ready to go live this November.
All the participating streets will be completely closed to through traffic or have additional parking restrictions so that road space can be ‘opened for people’. You can still access properties via formal traffic control, however the Council is encouraging residents to minimise trips during the times ‘play’ activities are taking place.
Here are a list of the streets that are being utilised for play space so you can plan your day accordingly on the dates below.
Laycock Street, Neutral Bay on 8 Nov
On Sunday 8 November, between 1pm to 5pm, Laycock Street in Neutral Bay will be closed to through traffic from the intersection with Yeo Street and approximately 10 parking spaces around the centre of the street will be closed off/unavailable to allow space for ball games and more.
McHatton Street on 13 Nov
Mark your calendars for the second date in the program. Friday 13 November, between 11:30am to 1:30pm, the road between No. 4 McHatton Street and the Pacific Highway will be closed. During this time, students from North Sydney Demonstration School will use the space for games and activities.
Rosalind and Edwin Streets on 15 Nov
The last date for ‘Street Play’ falls on Sunday 15 November between 1pm to 5pm. North Sydndy Council will be closing off Edwin Street and a section of Rosalind Street between No. 16 and No. 35. The street will be closed to through traffic and approx. 10 parking spaces in Edwin Street and nine parking spaces in Rosalind Street (near to the intersection with Rosalind St) will be closed off/unavailable to provide a space for games for small children and a separate area for ball games, scooters and more.
For more information, see the North Sydney Council website https://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Home