Lizard Log Park

“Smart design thinking delivers enhanced public amenity on a tight budget”

Executive Summary

Set amongst sweeping native bushland, Lizard Log is a popular parkland and picnic spot near Horsley Park in Sydney’s west. Having worked successfully together in the past, Fleetwood was engaged directly by WSPT to help enhance the existing public amenity by constructing a new pedestrian crossing using our proven Balmoral™ bridge system. We were also asked to trouble-shoot on a number of custom picnic shelters at the park designed by architects CHROFI, finding a way to deliver on the original brief in the face of considerable cost pressures.


Western Sydney Parklands Trust (WSPT)





Design Partners


Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail

Fleetwood Involvement

Fleetwood was first engaged by WSPT to design and construct a new pedestrian bridge at Lizard Log Park. To do this we recommended our proven Balmoral™ bridge system, which we provided in a package that included all footings. The following year we were approached again by WSPT who were having budget issues with a series of new picnic shelters planned for the park. They asked if we could find a way to make the designs more cost effective – and using our DesignExecute2 ™ process, we could. We began by providing design advice and budget options, before committing to a fixed cost for the shelters within the original budget. From here our involvement was made official, and we were engaged to lead the project including all engineering, manufacturing and installation.

More Project Information


WSPT wanted the new shelters to be sympathetic with the existing structures, built several years previously at Lizard Log Park. The challenge was the original designs were expensive. We essentially had to make the new shelters look the same, with a smaller budget. This required smart design thinking, to deliver a simplified form that was still premium and maintained the same level of finishes.


The primary challenge was delivering the structures within the budget, especially the picnic shelters. Doing this called for a strategic approach to the way they were manufactured and installed. Amongst other decisions, it saw us incorporate standard connection details and cost-effective materials such as galvanising and Colorbond ™ roofing.


While the bridge was relatively straightforward, the picnic shelters required several innovations. One saw us produce bespoke structural steel posts with timber inserts to make them appear to be made entirely of timber, giving the structures warmth and a premium feel.


  • Pedestrian bridge
  • Custom picnic shelters

  • Mild steel
  • Hot dip galvanising
  • Spotted gum
  • Corrugated sheet

  • Balmoral™ bridge

All of the timber used was sustainably-sourced, with Chain of Custody proof.


Lizard Log Park is one of WSPT’s most popular picnic areas, featuring BBQ’s, large grassed areas and a children’s playground. The shelters were required to complement this, as the area has little shade and is very exposed to the harsh sun, particularly in summer.


By enhancing the level of amenity at Lizard Log Park, the new bridge and picnic shelters help to encourage more families to get outside and enjoy their local natural surroundings, knowing it boasts excellent public facilities.



Award Name Location Year
AILA NSW Award for Design Lizard Log Park 2013
Premier’s People’s Choice Award for Landscape Architecture Lizard Log Park 2012
AILA ACT/NSW- Australia’s Best Playground Lizard Log Park 2016