Callan Park is being handed over to Leichhardt Council soon (when they can sort out some details of land and costs). A masterplan is being prepared and there is a website
where you can add your comments. I went to the first meeting last Saturday and put in my ideas about how use of the park by cyclists.
The things I have been pushing (through the Council's bike committee and earlier planning workshops) are:
An off road bike path along the Balmain Rd frontage to provide an alternative to the busy road. This would start behind the Ambulance HQ off Wharf Rd and go through Callan Park to exit at the main gate, or possibly could extend along the footpath to Manning St. There is a map of a proposed route and other proposed cycle facilities on Google Maps.
A children's cycling circuit similar to the one in Centennial Park. This could go on the flat grassed area opposite Alberto St or the area opposite Grove St. (also marked on the google map). Another ready made area is the large car park behind the main Kirkbride complex (now College of the Arts buildings).
Repair of the very poor surfaces of roads in Callan Park.
More access points to the park for cyclists- at Grove St, Alberto St, off Manning St and improved access off Wharf Rd at Garden Way.
Support for a criterium road race around the park once a year- run by licensed racing clubs or groups. (Suggested by Anthony Challinor at Velofix in Rozelle.)
Please have a look at the masterplan website link above and add your support for cycling facilities in the Park. There is some more under CAMPAIGNS on the top bar.
Any other ideas? Add them to this discussion.