Bell Reserve a new park in Croydon

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We are excited to be delivering a new pocket park to Croydon thanks to former resident Betty Bell. Betty Bell bequeathed her home 'Balmoral' to former Ashfield Council with the intention that Council 'Maintain the land as an open space reserve.'

Bell Reserve is located at 188 Croydon Road, Croydon.



Our vision

The existing structure on the site has been demolished and our vision for the space is to:

  • Create an inclusive community space that celebrates the site's history
  • Design for informal passive recreation and rest areas
  • Include accessible and interactive nature areas for children to play and explore

We are excited to be delivering a new pocket park to Croydon thanks to former resident Betty Bell. Betty Bell bequeathed her home 'Balmoral' to former Ashfield Council with the intention that Council 'Maintain the land as an open space reserve.'

Bell Reserve is located at 188 Croydon Road, Croydon.



Our vision

The existing structure on the site has been demolished and our vision for the space is to:

  • Create an inclusive community space that celebrates the site's history
  • Design for informal passive recreation and rest areas
  • Include accessible and interactive nature areas for children to play and explore at an informal level
  • Design for safe and sustainable long-term maintenance
  • Respond to requirements of the broader community users of the park
  • Retain onsite plantings, where possible, to celebrate Betty Bell's commitment to gardening and enjoyment of the outdoors.


Key Park elements

We are looking at re-purposing and reinterpreting some of the salvaged materials from the site. Some of the things that we are considering for the park include:

  • Park furniture including seats and a picnic table
  • Bubbler
  • Informal play area (this could include natural elements like logs or an interactive sculpture)
  • Paths
  • Plant and tree planting
  • Shade and shelter
  • Public art and the representation of the former house using salvaged elements.


Have your say

We would love to hear your thoughts on landscaping, interpretation of site history and informal play. We also welcome any other comments or memories that you'd like to share.

Use our Bell Reserve feedback form to share your ideas.

The last day to provide feedback was Sunday 17 November 2019.

Drop in sessions

Come and see the site, speak to the project team and have your say on concepts for the space.

  • 10am - 12pm, Saturday, 2 November 2019.


What happens next?

Comments received during the engagement period will be considered and incorporated into the detailed designs where possible.

  • Bell Reserve detailed designs are here

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    Since we last updated you with the Bell Reserve concept design, we have exciting news about the addition of a rain garden to the designs. The rain garden will naturally filter storm water from the park using soil, plants and microbes.

    This exciting addition requires extra engineering designs which means that our new anticipated construction start will be late October, early November.

    We have also made updates to the designs since March in the original 'community garden' part of the garden. We will instead be planting a section with perennial food plants for park visitors to harvest. If there is interest to accommodate a future community garden, this can be done under the Community Gardens policy.

    The Bell Reserve detailed designs are very detailed but check them out if you would like to see exactly what will be built and landscaped. Please note that the rain garden engineering is not yet included in the detailed designs.

  • Find out what we heard and view the concept design

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    09 March, 2020

    We've created an engagement outcomes report summarising what we heard across the engagement for Bell Reserve. Read all about what we heard from the community.

    The community's input has been incorporated into the concept design for Bell Reserve. Check out the plans for the space.

    Please note that the use of DA throughout the plans does not refer to a development application. It refers to drawings within the plan.

    Please provide any feedback on the concept design plans:

    The last day to give feedback is Monday 23 March 2020.