Lapwing Reserve, St Ives



Council acquired land at 14–16 Carcoola Road, St Ives in 2012 which was surplus to RMS requirements to extend the existing adjacent parkland at 18 Carcoola Road, St Ives.

In 2013 Council undertook community consultation and sent 874 surveys to local residents for feedback and the collated responses guided the preparation of the concept plan for Lapwing Reserve.

About the design

The scale of the works was determined by available space, funding capacity and a community desire to leave portions of the land ‘undeveloped’.

The responses identified the need for a playground that would accommodate a range of ages and abilities whilst also providing a natural feel and retaining the character of the current site. Other desirable items identified were native planting, a small picnic area and minimal car parking.

There is a perimeter path as well as natural play spaces and trails beneath the existing tree canopies. Play equipment includes embankment slides, traditional swings, a pod swing, see saw, accessible roundabout, a toddler spinner, playhouse and a variety of climbing and balancing equipment. A picnic shelter, drinking fountain and seating have been installed.

The new inclusive park and playground is open

The new park opened to the public Monday 26 December 2016. Here are some images of this fantastic new inclusive play space in St Ives.


Additional information

Contact: David Morris, Manager Projects


Phone: (02) 9424 0157

Fax: (02) 9424 0212

Visit: 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon