Inner west Sydney residents will benefit from $20 million in state government funding for new cycleways, improved public spaces and a neighbourhood park.

The funding will deliver 10 projects across Annandale, Leichhardt and Petersham.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the projects include three new cycle paths, two in Annandale and one in Leichhardt, as well as converting Petersham Street between Parramatta Road and Queen Street into a 300 square metre park.

“The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the vital role our public spaces and the green links that connect them play in bolstering both our wellbeing and our local businesses,” Mr Stokes said in a statement on Thursday.

“We will continue to support councils to deliver attractive, usable public spaces for their communities to enjoy now and once this crisis is behind us.”

The projects are in their final stages of planning and design and will create 50 jobs once construction begins in the spring.