We’re creating quality open spaces to enhance community well-being and make our places more liveable
Access to great open public space near where you live has never been more important.
New and improved public open spaces to swim, play, roam, ride and connect with nature are being delivered across New South Wales through a $50 million investment by the NSW Government.
This investment in quality public open spaces in communities across the state supports the delivery of a pipeline of new homes with improved neighbourhood spaces to connect, unwind, relax and play. It will also deliver jobs, stimulate businesses and encourage recreation and visitor economy.
Over three years, the NSW Government is delivering on this commitment to high quality open space through the provision of grant funding, pilot and demonstration projects and the creation of best practice design guidelines. This will contribute significantly to the NSW Government’s Premiers Priorities to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space by 10% by 2023, and planting 1 million trees across greater Sydney by tree planting by 2022.
What are the program objectives?
The objectives of the Open Space Program are to:
- support community health and wellbeing for NSW residents
- contribute to the post pandemic economic recovery of NSW through the creation of jobs, stimulating businesses and the recreation and visitor economy
- support investment in the creation of high-quality public open spaces to create a lasting community benefit
- address shortfalls in freely accessible public places
- contribute to the delivery of the NSW Government priority for Greener Public Spaces by increasing the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space by 10% by 2023.
Places to Swim
The Places to Swim program supports the creation and improvement of places for the community to enjoy rivers, lakes, dams and inland waterways across NSW. We do this by working with councils and eligible state agencies to improve access to water so that more people can get in, on and around water.
Places to Swim is about more than just swimming – it is about connecting people to water in the places that need it most. Getting in, on and around water is an invitation for people of all ages, abilities and cultures to come together and enjoy water.
Places to Play
The Places to Play program funds innovative adventure, water and nature based places for people of all ages and abilities across NSW, building on the commitment of the Everyone Can Play program.
Projects funded under this program will offer new and improved outdoor recreation opportunities and create more and better places for the community to come together, enjoy the outdoors and play.
Applications for the Places to Play Grant Program 2022/23 are now open to all NSW councils and eligible state government agencies. Applications close on 15 December 2022.
Places to Roam
The Places to Roam program will deliver a series of open space, greenway and community garden projects across Greater Sydney; making new great walks, more outdoor recreation, nature, open space and waterways more accessible to communities.