Thursday, June 20, 2024

Parramatta riverfront upgrade launched

City of Parramatta Council has today unveiled the city’s Charles Street Square upgrade.

Adjacent to the ferry wharf at Parramatta Quay, the $12.9 million revamp of Charles Street Square includes a six-metre-wide riverfront walk, amphitheatre and public shelter, providing a first-class arrival experience and gathering place for locals and visitors.

Lord Mayor, Pierre Esber said the upgrade had delivered a new front door to the City for those arriving via the Parramatta River.

“This will be the Circular Quay of the West – a gateway to our city we can all be proud of,” Lord Mayor Esber said.

“It sets an important first impression for visitors of a City that is proud of its past and excited about the future.

“It’s another plank in our plan to create better connections between the river and our communities and make the foreshore an integral part of destination Parramatta.”

Framed by trees and set amongst gardens, the area provides a riverside experience in the heart of Parramatta’s CBD. The project has been constructed from high-quality polished concrete, steel and Australian hardwood for sustainability and flood-resilience. 

The NSW Government contributed $4.65 million to the project from Transport for NSW and the Department of Planning and Environment.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Paul Scully said the new-look square will become a great destination where the community can get together and unwind. 

“Our $2.95 million investment as part of the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program will activate and transform this vital transport interchange,” Mr Scully said.

“The new large terraces in the public square will enable Council to activate this open space and host public events.”  

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