Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Next stage of Penrith city park underway


Work is underway to construct City Park in the heart of Penrith, a project that’s set to transform the city centre.

Penrith City Council says the 7,000 sqm park on the corner of Henry and Station Streets will be a vibrant, green space for residents, visitors and workers to enjoy.

It will feature a central lawn with significant tree canopy cover, themed gardens, public artwork, shaded areas, water elements including misting clusters and ponds, amenities building with green roof, seating and civic area.

Penrith Mayor, Tricia Hitchen said the park will attract more people to the CBD and have positive flow on effects for surrounding businesses.

“City Park will stimulate the local day and night time economy by encouraging people to venture further into the CBD and discover all the fantastic shops, cafes and restaurants on offer,” Mayor Hitchen said.

“Its prime position opposite Westfield, in the City Centre, and a short walk from the station makes it the perfect spot to meet up, relax, be entertained, get active and hold community events.” 

Council is investing $12.6 million to the project, with the NSW Government contributing an additional $4 million through the Public Spaces Legacy Program.

Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres said the new park is about creating a public amenity and shared open space.

“As Penrith continues to grow this makes sure we have a fantastic green space right here in the CBD for people who live and work in Penrith,” Mr Ayres said.

“Converting this site into a beautiful central city park will provide people with a great space to gather outdoors and is a fine example of the NSW State Government and Council working together to deliver for the people of Penrith.”

Additional parking was constructed on Woodriff Street last year to offset the small section of parking lost in the development of City Park.

The Allen Place laneway is also being revitalised as part of the project. It will be widened to allow for two-way traffic and refurbished with a paved footpath, vehicle loading bay area, mountable kerb, garden beds, and trees.

City Park is expected to open in 2023.

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