Sunday, July 21, 2024

$24m upgrade for Penrith park

Penrith City Council says a $24 million upgrade will soon transform the city’s Regatta Park into an iconic recreational destination.

The project is being jointly funded with $9 million from Penrith City Council and $15 million from the Australian and NSW governments as part of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is a key commitment in the Western Sydney City Deal. The program is administered by the Western Parkland City Authority.

Penrith Mayor, Tricia Hitchen said it was exciting to see the park taking shape with the installation of an adventure playspace, 112-metre pavilion with undercover water play, and a central staircase on the foreshore leading to the river’s edge.

“It has been the community and Council’s long-held vision to improve access to the Nepean River and enhance its surrounding green spaces so that locals and visitors can make the most of Penrith’s stunning river landscape,” Mayor Hitchen said. 

“We are getting closer to realising this vision with the transformation of Regatta Park, which was designed in close consultation with the community and is being delivered as a key part of Our River Masterplan.

“There is a huge amount of work unfolding across the park, which isn’t always easy to see behind construction fencing, and we cannot wait to unveil the new Regatta Park for everyone to enjoy,” she said.

Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres said the Liveability Program was one of 38 commitments under the landmark Western Sydney City Deal.

“The Western Parkland City is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia and the transformation of Regatta Park is set to boost tourism in the region.”

“This is just one example of the strong partnership between all levels of government which is delivering city shaping initiatives that improve the prosperity, sustainability, and liveability of the Western Parkland City,” Mr Ayres said.

Stage two of the upgrade is also underway and includes a cricket oval, multi-use lawn space, amenities block, picnic and BBQ areas, kiosk, tree planting, car park, and works to River Road.

Regatta Park is due to open in September, weather permitting.

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