Great public spaces

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Quality green, open and public spaces are important to everyone. They are our free parks, gardens and sports fields, walkable shady streets, libraries, museums and galleries, which form the heart of our communities. Our public spaces make life more welcoming and accessible. They delight and connect people. They support our health and well-being, environmental resilience and prosperous local economies. They’re at the heart of everyday life.

People with access to green and public places are healthier and happier than those who don’t. For many people in NSW living without a lush backyard, the parks and green spaces in our towns and cities are vital to maintain both physical and mental health.

Public spaces are all places publicly owned or of public use, accessible and enjoyable by all for free. They include our open spaces, streets and public facilities. Read our Streets and Shared Spaces - ideas and opportunities (PDF 2.5MB) on what makes a great public space.

To help you find a local public space in your area, visit our ePlanning Spatial Viewer. The public spaces layer shows the location of known open spaces and public facilities across NSW.

Open space

Open space

Open spaces are where people can relax, exercise, play and enjoy the natural environment. We’re investing in Open Space projects so everyone can enjoy public spaces close to our homes.

Public facilities

Public facilities

Free and publicly accessible spaces are where communities can learn, share ideas and engage in cultural experiences. Discover what digital activities they're offering during COVID-19.

Streets

Streets

Streets are our neighbourhood, towns and cities' connectors. They provide places where people can be healthy, socialise and add vitality to neighbourhoods. Share your ideas to make your local streets and public spaces better.