Clarke Reserve Improvements

Consultation has concluded

Anticipated construction period February 2020 - April 2020

Council is improving Clarke Reserve with additional playground equipment, planting, new drinking fountain with a dog bowl, new garden fence, and repairs to rubber soft fall. The established planting along the fence at the cliff line will be removed.

The works will improve the play value and safety of the play space and amenity of the park for all visitors to the reserve.


Anticipated construction period February 2020 - April 2020

Council is improving Clarke Reserve with additional playground equipment, planting, new drinking fountain with a dog bowl, new garden fence, and repairs to rubber soft fall. The established planting along the fence at the cliff line will be removed.

The works will improve the play value and safety of the play space and amenity of the park for all visitors to the reserve.


Consultation has concluded
  • Stage 4 - Project update, August 2019

    15 days ago

    The local Vaucluse community raised concerns and suggestions for improvements to Council regarding safety in Clarke Reserve in 2017. In particular, it was reported that dogs were running off-leash through the playground on route to and from the adjoining off-leash Christison Park in Woollahra. In consultation with the community, plans were developed to improve the park to address this issue.

    Following consultation and the development of concept plans grant funding to the value of $100,000 was received in February 2019 from the State Government. Council resolved to consult the community on how this additional funding should be spent. Consultation was subsequently undertaken in April and May 2019 to further improve Clarke Reserve.

    During the April and May 2019 consultation, Council heard contrary views on how the funding should be allocated. Refer to Consultation Summary Report in the Document Library to the right for a full summary of feedback received during this time. As there was no clear community preference, Council Officers requested Council support in making a determination to finalise the plans. A Council motion was passed in July 2019 (CM/7.20/19.07) endorsing the following improvements:

    Improvements endorsed by Council include:

    • Plant a total of 6 new shade trees around the playground. Two existing Banksia trees will be removed.
    • Expand on the play experience of the playground by including equipment in addition to the already procured multi-play piece to cater to a wider range of ages to include either one larger or two pieces of equipment which have low visual impact to the reserve.
    • Repair the rubber soft fall edging and areas which have slumped to ensure the surface achieves Australian Standards for safety, noting that the central rubber soft fall will not be replaced.
    • Install a drinking fountain with dog drinking bowl, alongside of the path at the entrance of the reserve.
    • Install permanent signage that identifies Clarke Reserve as 24/7 dog on-leash area, and that dogs are prohibited from being within 10m of any play equipment.
    • Install an overlapping garden barrier at the entrance to the playground to further deter dogs from entering the play space.
    • Provide the community with a management plan illustrating how Council will assess the effectiveness of the garden barrier fence over the next 12 months.
    • Re-locate 80m of garden bed adjacent the coastal fence, on the western side and replace with turf.

    You can view the final concept plans illustrating the improvement works to your right.

    Park sign installation - complete

    Park signs with regulatory information have been installed.


    The local Vaucluse community raised concerns and suggestions for improvements to Council regarding safety in Clarke Reserve in 2017. In particular, it was reported that dogs were running off-leash through the playground on route to and from the adjoining off-leash Christison Park in Woollahra. In consultation with the community, plans were developed to improve the park to address this issue.

    Following consultation and the development of concept plans grant funding to the value of $100,000 was received in February 2019 from the State Government. Council resolved to consult the community on how this additional funding should be spent. Consultation was subsequently undertaken in April and May 2019 to further improve Clarke Reserve.

    During the April and May 2019 consultation, Council heard contrary views on how the funding should be allocated. Refer to Consultation Summary Report in the Document Library to the right for a full summary of feedback received during this time. As there was no clear community preference, Council Officers requested Council support in making a determination to finalise the plans. A Council motion was passed in July 2019 (CM/7.20/19.07) endorsing the following improvements:

    Improvements endorsed by Council include:

    • Plant a total of 6 new shade trees around the playground. Two existing Banksia trees will be removed.
    • Expand on the play experience of the playground by including equipment in addition to the already procured multi-play piece to cater to a wider range of ages to include either one larger or two pieces of equipment which have low visual impact to the reserve.
    • Repair the rubber soft fall edging and areas which have slumped to ensure the surface achieves Australian Standards for safety, noting that the central rubber soft fall will not be replaced.
    • Install a drinking fountain with dog drinking bowl, alongside of the path at the entrance of the reserve.
    • Install permanent signage that identifies Clarke Reserve as 24/7 dog on-leash area, and that dogs are prohibited from being within 10m of any play equipment.
    • Install an overlapping garden barrier at the entrance to the playground to further deter dogs from entering the play space.
    • Provide the community with a management plan illustrating how Council will assess the effectiveness of the garden barrier fence over the next 12 months.
    • Re-locate 80m of garden bed adjacent the coastal fence, on the western side and replace with turf.

    You can view the final concept plans illustrating the improvement works to your right.

    Park sign installation - complete

    Park signs with regulatory information have been installed.


  • Stage 3 - Project update, April 2019

    4 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who has shown continued interest in Councils plans for improvements to Clarke Reserve. In 2018 Waverley Council allocated $150,000 for the design and construction of an upgrade to the Clarke Reserve Park and playground. These plans were approved in consultation with the community. Refer to the April Concept Plans attached to the right of the screen for the approved works.

    In February 2019, Council received funding from the NSW Governments through the Stronger Communities Fund for a value of $100,000 to contribute to the playground at Clarke Reserve. This money will allow us to provide further upgrades to the playground to what Council had previously planned and funded in 2018.

    Improvements recommended for this additional funding

    In addition to the upgrades included in the plans developed through consultation with the community last year, Council planned to utilise the grant funding for further works to improve safety and play experience. These additional works will be open to feedback from the community before being finalised.

    Taking into consideration previous consultation in 2018, with 68 survey responses and submissions received, as well as expert advice, Council recommends the additional funding be spent on:

    • Replacement of existing worn rubber softfall surface which has reached the end of its useful life and edging which has separated from the rubber surface.
    • Supply and install of new play equipment (in addition to the slide and multipurpose climber already included in the plans) such as a spinner, seesaw or sensory/ music play suitable for toddler play which was requested during consultation.
    • Installation of a drinking fountain with dog drinking bowl, alongside of the path at the entrance of the reserve.
    • Shade tree planting (in addition to the seven new trees already included in the plans).

    You can view the updated plans illustrating the improvement works to your right.

    Have Your Say

    Council invited interested community members to attend a Have a Say day on Saturday 4 May between 9am - 12pm. An online survey was open until 31 May 2019.

    Thank you to everyone who has shown continued interest in Councils plans for improvements to Clarke Reserve. In 2018 Waverley Council allocated $150,000 for the design and construction of an upgrade to the Clarke Reserve Park and playground. These plans were approved in consultation with the community. Refer to the April Concept Plans attached to the right of the screen for the approved works.

    In February 2019, Council received funding from the NSW Governments through the Stronger Communities Fund for a value of $100,000 to contribute to the playground at Clarke Reserve. This money will allow us to provide further upgrades to the playground to what Council had previously planned and funded in 2018.

    Improvements recommended for this additional funding

    In addition to the upgrades included in the plans developed through consultation with the community last year, Council planned to utilise the grant funding for further works to improve safety and play experience. These additional works will be open to feedback from the community before being finalised.

    Taking into consideration previous consultation in 2018, with 68 survey responses and submissions received, as well as expert advice, Council recommends the additional funding be spent on:

    • Replacement of existing worn rubber softfall surface which has reached the end of its useful life and edging which has separated from the rubber surface.
    • Supply and install of new play equipment (in addition to the slide and multipurpose climber already included in the plans) such as a spinner, seesaw or sensory/ music play suitable for toddler play which was requested during consultation.
    • Installation of a drinking fountain with dog drinking bowl, alongside of the path at the entrance of the reserve.
    • Shade tree planting (in addition to the seven new trees already included in the plans).

    You can view the updated plans illustrating the improvement works to your right.

    Have Your Say

    Council invited interested community members to attend a Have a Say day on Saturday 4 May between 9am - 12pm. An online survey was open until 31 May 2019.

  • Stage 2 - Results and updated concept

    about 1 year ago
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    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on Councils plans for improvements to Clarke Reserve. During the consultation period in September and October 2018, proposed landscape plans were available to the community with a survey and a ‘Have a Say Day’ held to collect feedback from the community on the proposed improvements. A total of 68 survey responses were received; 62 online, 4 emails and 2 flyer responses. A summary of the findings of the consultation on this webpage.

    Have Your Say
    Based on the community responses further recommendations for improvements are proposed to include:
    • Expanding on the play experience of Clarke Reserve by installing a combination multi-play unit including slide instead of the suggested single slide.
    • Amending the proposed shrub planting species to a limited height of 1 metre.
    • Planting additional shade tree species around the playground.
    • Overlapping the garden barrier entrance to further deter dogs from entering the play space.
    You can view the updated plans illustrating the improvement works to your right.

    What happens next?
    The updated concept will be further developed for construction. We are currently working through the construction program to find a suitable works schedule to minimise disruption to the community. In the interim new signage will be installed over the coming months.

    Project Background
    On receiving feedback from residents regarding safety and play experience in Clarke Reserve, a Council Motion was passed in July 2018 (CCM/7.11/18.07), suggesting improvements to Clarke Reserve. Landscape Plans were prepared to illustrate these improvements and community consultation was conducted from September – October 2018.

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on Councils plans for improvements to Clarke Reserve. During the consultation period in September and October 2018, proposed landscape plans were available to the community with a survey and a ‘Have a Say Day’ held to collect feedback from the community on the proposed improvements. A total of 68 survey responses were received; 62 online, 4 emails and 2 flyer responses. A summary of the findings of the consultation on this webpage.

    Have Your Say
    Based on the community responses further recommendations for improvements are proposed to include:
    • Expanding on the play experience of Clarke Reserve by installing a combination multi-play unit including slide instead of the suggested single slide.
    • Amending the proposed shrub planting species to a limited height of 1 metre.
    • Planting additional shade tree species around the playground.
    • Overlapping the garden barrier entrance to further deter dogs from entering the play space.
    You can view the updated plans illustrating the improvement works to your right.

    What happens next?
    The updated concept will be further developed for construction. We are currently working through the construction program to find a suitable works schedule to minimise disruption to the community. In the interim new signage will be installed over the coming months.

    Project Background
    On receiving feedback from residents regarding safety and play experience in Clarke Reserve, a Council Motion was passed in July 2018 (CCM/7.11/18.07), suggesting improvements to Clarke Reserve. Landscape Plans were prepared to illustrate these improvements and community consultation was conducted from September – October 2018.
  • Stage 1 - Gather information

    about 1 year ago
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    Waverley Council are planning to improve the safety and play experience in Clarke Reserve. Before we do this, we would like to hear from you to ensure that we make improvements that you want and need.

    Why is Council looking to improve Clarke Reserve?

    In response to the Clarke Reserve Council motion passed in July 2018 (CM/7.11/18.07 - see the Document Library for meeting minutes), it was decided that Council is required to develop a landscape plan, and consult with the community (in particular the DiamondBay/Vaucluse Precinct) on the proposed improvements to the reserve.

    The changes required by Council include:

    • Install additional planting, edging and the supply and installation of a garden barrier around the section of playground fronting pedestrian footpaths
    • Install a new children’s slippery dip incorporated into an expanded playground area
    • Re-locate the existing plantings from large sections of the area overlooking the ocean adjacent to the coastal fencing on the western side, and remove the larger trees that have grown alongside.
    • Install permanent signage, including footpath-stencilled signs, that identifies Clarke Reserve as a 24/7 dog on-leash area, and that dogs are prohibited from being within 10 metres of any play equipment

    How can I have my say?

    You can complete the survey via the link below before 21 October 2018 or come along to our Have Your Say Day on Saturday 6 October 2018, at Clarke Reserve from 9am - 12pm to find out more about the proposed improvements, speak to Council Officers and Have Your Say. Your feedback will help ensure we make upgrades that the community wants and needs.


    Waverley Council are planning to improve the safety and play experience in Clarke Reserve. Before we do this, we would like to hear from you to ensure that we make improvements that you want and need.

    Why is Council looking to improve Clarke Reserve?

    In response to the Clarke Reserve Council motion passed in July 2018 (CM/7.11/18.07 - see the Document Library for meeting minutes), it was decided that Council is required to develop a landscape plan, and consult with the community (in particular the DiamondBay/Vaucluse Precinct) on the proposed improvements to the reserve.

    The changes required by Council include:

    • Install additional planting, edging and the supply and installation of a garden barrier around the section of playground fronting pedestrian footpaths
    • Install a new children’s slippery dip incorporated into an expanded playground area
    • Re-locate the existing plantings from large sections of the area overlooking the ocean adjacent to the coastal fencing on the western side, and remove the larger trees that have grown alongside.
    • Install permanent signage, including footpath-stencilled signs, that identifies Clarke Reserve as a 24/7 dog on-leash area, and that dogs are prohibited from being within 10 metres of any play equipment

    How can I have my say?

    You can complete the survey via the link below before 21 October 2018 or come along to our Have Your Say Day on Saturday 6 October 2018, at Clarke Reserve from 9am - 12pm to find out more about the proposed improvements, speak to Council Officers and Have Your Say. Your feedback will help ensure we make upgrades that the community wants and needs.