Saturday, May 25, 2024

Penrith park honours former council staffer

Penrith City Council has officially opened a new playspace in the renamed Max Baker Reserve in Jamisontown. 

Located in the reserve which sits between Harris Street and Willoring Crescent, the new shaded playspace features a 25-metre flying fox, large multi-play unit, swing set, inclusive airplane springer, balance trail, and interactive equipment for young children including a musical play panel, speedboat, flower talk tube and play café shop front.  

The reserve was named to recognise the late Max Baker who was born in 1930 and lived his whole life in Penrith up until his passing in June 2021.  

Mayor, Todd Carney said Mr Baker had made a significant contribution to the local community over the course of his life. 

“Mr Baker joined Penrith City Council as a clerk at the age of 19 and was well-known for his professional integrity and dedication over his 40-year career,” Mayor Carney said. 

“He oversaw great change in Council’s financial management systems and enabled financial programs to fund the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, the current Civic Centre, and many other projects across the Local Government Area.” 

The playspace in Max Baker Reserve has been upgraded with new equipment, shade, seating, and landscaping.

“On behalf of Council, I hope that Max Baker Reserve and this new playspace will serve as a wonderful reminder for those who knew and loved him, and give those in the community who did not know him the opportunity to learn about his legacy.” 

In addition to his professional contributions, Mr Baker was also a keen sportsperson and in his younger years played rugby league football for Penrith and captained A-grade. From age 30, lawn bowls was his passion, and representing Penrith Bowling Club he won numerous pennants and championships. 

The playspace upgrade was funded by the NSW Government through the Western Sydney Infrastructure Grants Program.

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