How Sydney’s Inner City Became A Children’s Playground

March 19th, 2018 - by Brad Gillespie

Once widely recognised as a concrete jungle, Sydney’s inner city suburbs are being radically transformed into desirable communities for families with children.

At the top of this list is Alexandria, which is currently in the middle of major upgrades to educational facilities as well as other infrastructure and amenities.

Nearby Green Square has been identified as one of the fastest growing areas in Sydney, and revitalised infrastructure will cater for this.

Upgrades to Schools

Back in mid-2016, Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli announced planning for a major upgrade to Alexandria Park Community School that will more than double the number of enrollment places. From early-2017, students from Alexandria Park Community School along with Cleveland Street Intensive English High School were temporarily relocated to make way for construction of the new multi-story high school.

It is due for completion by 2022 and will cater for a total of up to 1,500 primary and secondary students – an additional 1,200 student places on top of its original capacity.

Children in the community will benefit not only from the increase in enrollment capacity, but also flexible, innovative learning environments which will accommodate engaging teaching practices.

New Sporting Facilities

Members of the community will soon have access to a brand new, state-of-the-art sporting facility. Currently in construction and due to open in the next few months, Alexandria’s much anticipated Perry Park Recreation Centre will feature two indoor and two outdoor multipurpose courts for sports such as netball, basketball and futsal. The facility will also include a kiosk, change rooms, an external terrace, and landscaped surrounds.

The new recreation centre will replace the existing stadium at Perry Park, which is now almost 50 years old.

Green Square Town Center

For the first time in over 100 years, the City of Sydney is building a new town center, and residents of the Green Square area are set to benefit from revolutionary lifestyle amenities and infrastructure.

Construction of the $540 million development has commenced and will continue over the next 10 years, with the world-class community facilities set to consist of an innovative new library and plaza, an aquatic and recreation centre, multiple parks and playgrounds, a childcare centre and a creative hub.

The development will also make way for important infrastructure such as storm water drains, roads, footpaths and a transport corridor for future light rail.

More Childcare Centers

In order to meet increasing demand for quality childcare in the inner-city suburbs, the City of Sydney has implemented a brand new childcare center as part of the development of the Green Square town center. Waranara Early Education Center has recently finished construction and is due to open its doors in the next few months, offering 74 places for children.

Further north, the Park Sydney development on Mitchell Road will have with 1.5 Hectares of open space, with daycare, retail and playgrounds on-site.

Unsurprisingly, we’re seeing a strong flow-on effect from this extensive transformation on the demand for family-friendly property in the area, such as houses and townhouses in particular. But with the growing number of quality outdoor spaces and lifestyle amenities, apartments in the area are also an increasingly desirable option for families looking to enter the housing market.