26 August 2019
City of Parramatta is working with the NSW Government to revitalise public spaces as part of the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program (PRUAIP).
Council is reviewing the community and recreational requirements provided at FS Garside, the adjoining Community Centre (1 Onslow Street), Scout Hall and open reserve along Duck Creek to develop a masterplan. The masterplan will provide a long term plan to guide park improvements and community use.
Historic records suggest that FS Garside Park may have operated as a rubbish tip. In the early 1930’s it was converted for use as a soccer field by placing a deep compacted soil layer over the landfill and planting a grass layer over the capped landfill site.
Before improvements can be designed, further information was needed about the composition of the soil beneath the park and adjoining sites. The City of Parramatta commissioned soil testing (May 2019) to inform the design of the masterplan and construction of new community and recreation facilities.
Soil samples from the test site were sent to a laboratory for analysis. Asbestos air quality monitoring results before, during, and after the testing were within normal levels.
Soil test results indicate some areas of the park contain materials (currently buried beneath the soil) that may pose a risk to public health and safety if disturbed. As a precautionary safety measure, the dog park, reserve at Duck Creek and sections of the soccer field will be fenced and closed to public access.
See map below for location of the closed sites. These sites will remain closed to the public until the Masterplan is adopted and construction begins in 2020.
Council will keep the community informed of any further works on the Masterplan site.
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