Information about construction of a new Active Sports Youth Precinct and an All-Abilities Playground

Cooper Street Reserve, Old Princes Highway, and Railway Parade, Engadine NSW 2233

Project timeline

Project start:  August 2023

Expected completion: June 2024 (weather permitting)

Project background

We are excited to update the community about the upgrade at Cooper Street Reserve in Engadine, which includes a new Active Sports Youth Precinct and All-Abilities Playground.

Council staff are working with design specialists Playce on the Active Sports Youth Precinct. Both spaces have involved consultation with local stakeholders to ensure the best possible youth and all-abilities playground is delivered for our community.

Our contractor Auscape Landscape and Civil Contractors P/L is delivering the work.

Consultation with the community

We consulted with the local community and key stakeholders about the development of the Masterplan,  All-Abilities Playground and the  Active Sports Youth Precinct for Cooper Street Reserve between 2020 and 2022.  We thank you for your feedback that has helped shaped this exciting new recreation space.  Find out more.

Information Update

Read the Media Release of 29 August 2023 - Champion Local Skaters 'On Board'

Project scope

The All-abilities Playground and Active Sports Youth Precinct are the first stages of the Cooper Street Reserve Masterplan.

The  parking area along the northern boundary in Cooper Street has been enhanced and there are future plans to upgrade the amenities block.

Active Sports Youth Precinct

  • A new skate park including plaza style street skating
  • A pump track
  • A half basketball court
  • Outdoor exercise equipment
  • Parkour elements
  • Bike maintenance and repair station
  • Shaded rest and social areas.

All-Abilities Playground

  • A purpose-built playground with ramps to the highest platform, spiral climbing nets, long slides and lots of swings
  • Trampolines and carousel
  • Nature play
  • Water sensory play replicating an old style back yard with water misting from a Hills hoist
  • Varied softfall surfacing
  • Picnic settings and seating throughout.

Construction Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 7:00am to 5.30pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am to 1.00pm
  • Note: during construction there may be increased noise during these times.
  • No work will take place on Sundays or public holidays.

Impacts during construction

When construction starts in 2023:

  • The existing internal carpark next to the skate park will not be open to the public.
  • The existing children’s playground will remain operational for as long as possible during the construction phase before it needs to be removed.  The existing Liberty Swing will need to be removed early in construction.
  • At times, sections of the open space will be unavailable, this will change during the phases of construction.  Trenching across the reserve is required to lay new electrical, drainage and water lines. We will try and keep as much of the park open to the public as possible.
  • There will be increased traffic entering and existing Cooper Street via the roundabout on Old Princes Highway.


The Active Sports Youth Precinct  is proudly funded by the NSW Government under the Greater Sydney Sport Facility Fund in association with Sutherland Shire Council.

The All-Abilities Playground is fully funded by Sutherland Shire Council.

Artist Impression - elevated walkway at all-abilities playground Artist Impression - elevated walkway
Artist Impression - slide, bridge and  basket swing at all-abilities playground Artist Impression - slide, bridge and basket swing
Artist Impression -  AYP - Ball court and parkour zone Artist Impression - AYP - Ball court and parkour zone

Frequently Asked Questions

Our work may impact community events. This includes Christmas Carols in the park, stop off for the Sydney to Gong bike ride,  end of year photos school graduations, all community events such as circuses, fetes and swap meets.  Please contact the organisers of these events directly for more details.

The project schedule for the construction works is 26 weeks.  This may be adjusted for things such as wet weather or service alterations however, we will keep you informed if something impacts upon the work schedule.

We are providing a new type of urban/ plaza style skating facility - the first of it’s kind within the Sutherland Shire and a flagship for our whole skating community.  It will have long plaza style runs, rails, grind boxes and quarter pipes.  We can’t wait to see our community enjoying the space when it opens.

We don’t like to remove trees but sometimes it is inescapable due to the damage of root systems near construction excavations.  Some of the trees are already in decline and our Urban Tree & Bushland Policy requires that  we undertake offset planting, as part of any project where trees need to be unavoidably removed.

For each tree, that we regretfully have to remove, 4 replacement trees will be planted.

The trees planted as part of this program will be relocated within Cooper Street Reserve and will be specially cared for an additional six months until they are re-established.

The public car park next to the existing skate ramp will be not available during the construction period.  This carpark will be used temporarily by Activus community transport providers to store their vehicles securely as their existing parking will be returned to public open space.

Yes,  there will continue be a lot of open green space for you to enjoy.  We have also just finished building a new enclosed 'off leash' area at Heathcote Oval. If you would like to try this out, we would love to hear your feedback.