Council has obtained funding from the NSW Government's Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to bring Howley Park East to life for the community.


Project Update - March 2022 - Feedback closed

Thank you to everyone who reviewed the concept design options and provided feedback to help shape this space. All feedback is currently being reviewed and an update will be posted shortly.

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Project background

This project will involve constructing a pedestrian walkway to connect Victoria Place Road Reserve to the beach and marina as well as upgrading existing garden beds and establishing a connection with the water. Six potential concept designs have been drafted for the space, which were taken to the community for feedback from 22 December 2021 - 20 February 2022.

All feedback will be considered before the design is finalised in early 2022.

Concept design options

We've drafted six different concept designs for the space, which are you are invited to review and provide feedback on.

All options include:

  • Lookout space with pedestrian access down to the beach and marina
  • Landscaped spaces and DDA compliant pedestrian ramps
  • Stabilisation of existing eroded embankments for bush regeneration and the introduction of endemic plant species
  • Seating and materials suitable to withstand harsh marine environments

The key differences of each concept design option are outlined below.

Concept designKey features
Option A
  • Pedestrian entry onto ramp from Victoria Place
  • Raised lookout lawn with sandstone retaining wall
  • Bench seating, and opportunity to include interpretive signage
  • Opportunity to include public art along concrete retaining wall
Option B
  • Pedestrian entry onto ramp from Victoria Place
  • Lookout lawn on same level as pedestrian ramp
  • Bench seating and opportunity to include interpretive signage

Option C
  • Pedestrian entry onto ramp from Victoria Place
  • Lookout lawn on same level as pedestrian ramp
  • Bench seating and opportunity to include interpretive signage
  • Additional garden bed

Option D
  • Pedestrian entry onto ramp positioned further along Victoria Place
  • Retention of existing tree
  • Pedestrian walkway takes an alternate route to maximise open space
Option E
  • Pedestrian entry onto ramp from Victoria Place
  • Retention of existing tree
  • Bench seating and opportunity to include interpretive signage

Option F
  • Pedestrian entry onto ramp positioned further along Victoria Place
  • Retention of existing tree
  • Pedestrian walkway takes an alternate route to maximise open space

Concept design options

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About Howley Park

Howley Park is located at the end of Victoria Place, Drummoyne and has been an iconic part of the City of Canada Bay’s history. The site is linked to First Nations Dreaming history, was a major transport hub during Sydney’s early colonial history, and was the site of the original Gladesville Bridge.

Howley Park was originally known for its unique landform of five sandstone abutments which was known as Pa-rein-ma by First Nations people. These natural landforms were used as docks and known in Sydney’s early history as the place of “Five Docks” which became the source point for the naming of the settlement of Five Dock.

In early Sydney history, boating was the most efficient method for the moving of stores and people and “Five Docks” became a logical place for boat building and transport. Later the location was used for punts across the river before construction began on a bridge.

Once the new Gladesville Bridge was constructed the old bridge at Howley Park was demolished and a park was created for the public.