The upgrade of Kings Lane Reserve, officially opened by the City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, has transformed this pedestrian laneway for local Darlinghurst residents and businesses. The renewal of this local Reserve was identified as requiring upgrade by the Council due to its overall condition and was part of the Small Parks and Playgrounds Improvement Program.
Works included removal of existing and construction of new sandstone feature retaining walls to the Bourke Street entry, impacted by adjacent tree roots. The key principles of the upgrade were to improve safety, views, access and amenity within the Reserve by creating welcoming entries, increasing sightlines, removing trip hazards and using simple, robust, high quality materials reflecting the local neighbourhood character!
Furthermore, removal of trees, re-alignment and widening of existing stairs, together with reclaimed sandstone and bricks for pavement upgrade formed part of the works. Shrub and ground cover planting was undertaken in the garden beds running the entire length of the Reserve, highlighting and softening the wall mural painted in 1993 by Sydney Girls High School art students which today remains a charming reminder of connection with the local community.
This upgrade has enhanced pedestrian access and the walking network within the Darlinghurst area, warmly welcomed by both the local residential and business communities!