RESIDENTS have saved a road reserve adjacent to part of Helena Avenue, Emerton, from rezoning.
Helena Avenue residents contacted the Star last month after Blacktown Council installed a sign at the popular reserve, indicating it was considered for rezoning.
The sign has since been removed and the park taken off the list.
It follows a petition with almost 200 signatures and an emotional speech from Lionel Gomez to the council.
It's been a bittersweet few weeks for Mr Gomez, who lost property at Lithgow in the bushfires.
"I'm glad the council won't go ahead with this ridiculous idea," he said.
"It would have been a pity to lose it.
"It's important for this part of the street to have a reserve like this.
"It encourages kids to be active because our front yards are too small.
"It's also great for bird life.
"We had galahs there over the weekend and my grandson was mesmerised by them."
Deanne McDonald has lived there for 43 years.
"My husband and I would have packed up and sold had it been rezoned," she said.
"It's not what we would have wanted to do."
The council is considering 50 reserves under 0.15 hectares to sell and use the money to build a "mega park" in each of the five wards. Liberal councillors Jackie Donaldson and Karlo Siljeg had said they will save any small reserve if residents demonstrated a need for it.
It is the sixth reserve to be taken off the list.
"Had we sat back and done nothing, it would have gone ahead," Mrs McDonald said.
Mr Gomez added: "My advice to others is to get rolling as soon as you can."
They thanked Blacktown councillor Charlie Lowles for campaigning on their behalf.
"The council has done a great jobs with parks at Blacktown Showground and Nurragingy Reserve," Cr Lowles said.
"But not everyone has the means to get to these mega parks."