FS Garside Park
Historic records show that FS Garside park, historically known as Macarthur Park, operated as a local landfill during the 1920’s and early 1930’s. It was converted for use as a soccer field by placing a deep compacted soil layer over the landfill and planting a grass layer over the capped landfill site.
In May 2019, Council commissioned soil investigations at the site as part of its planned works to upgrade community and recreational facilities provided in North Granville.
Consistent with its former use as a rubbish tip, soil test results indicate some areas of the park contain materials (currently buried beneath the soil) that may pose a risk to public health and safety if disturbed.
As a precautionary safety measure, Council has now closed these areas to prevent public access and minimise the risk of soil disturbance.
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has also advised Council it now considers FS Garside Reserve to be a James Hardie Legacy Site.
Asbestos air quality monitoring results before, during and after the testing were within normal levels.
Soil testing has confirmed that asbestos and other contaminants are present in the soils underneath the reserve.
As a precautionary safety measure, areas within FS Garside have been closed.
Council will continue to seek advice from specialists to secure the most appropriate treatment for the site and treatment will be carried out as part of the planned Masterplan and park improvement works. Masterplan works are expected to commence in 2020.
For further information, please contact Council’s FS Garside project team on 9806 5050.