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COVID-19: Centennial Park car free weekend trial extended through May

Published on 8 May 2020

In a continuation of its successful car free weekends trial, Centennial Park in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs will be closed to weekend vehicle traffic for the remainder of May.

In order to assist public efforts to comply with NSW Public Health Orders Centennial Park will be closed to motor vehicles on weekends through to 30 and 31 May (inclusive).

The Park remains open to visitors for exercise each Saturday and Sunday, however gates for public vehicle access will be closed.

Controlled access into the Park will be provided for emergency vehicles, authorised contractors, site service vehicles and those vehicles with a disability permit. Vehicles with a disability permit can access the park from Randwick Gates.

Cycling is still permitted in the Park and normal regulations should be observed at all times (more information here). 

The car-free weekends are an extension of the trial first conducted over the Easter long weekend. 
Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands Executive Director Denise Ora said the car-free environment has provided more space for park visitors.

“During the car free weekends, we have observed visitors utilising the extra space to maintain social distancing in busy areas like Grand Drive.” Mrs Ora said.

“Getting fresh air and regular exercise remains important in the current environment, so extending the car free weekends for the rest of May will ensure the community can make the most of Centennial Park.”

 “We have seen increased use of the Park during the Covid-19 pandemic, and with that in mind we urge all cyclists to stick to the cycle lane, and all cyclists and pedestrians to watch out for each other and be aware of their surroundings.”

“We are committed to ensuring the Parklands remain accessible and are working with Police and NSW Health Orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
“The public have been very supportive of the car free weekends, so thank you to everyone that has dropped us a note to share their thoughts,” Ms Ora said.

Centennial Parklands has closed outdoor gyms, all playgrounds and indoor dining, removed outdoor dining areas (some takeaway available) and installed flashing mobile Variable Message Signs to promote social distancing.
The Parklands has also been taking measures to manage traffic flow into the Park including closing some entry gates at peak times and working closely with local police who are regularly patrolling the Park.
Any further extension of the car free weekends will be guided by NSW Public Health Orders.
For more information and Covid-19 updates across Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands see our website.