Friday, July 26, 2024

Penrith’s $24m Regatta Park makeover begins

Work is underway to transform Penrith’s Regatta Park into a focal point for nature, leisure and recreation in Western Sydney, Penrith City Council has announced.

The $24 million project is being jointly funded by the Federal and NSW Governments and Penrith City Council under the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Program.

Penrith Mayor, Karen McKeown OAM says the project will increase the appeal of the location by improving access, formalising recreation spaces and creating more opportunities for locals and visitors to experience and enjoy the area.

“This upgrade was first identified by our community and put forward as a key outcome in Council’s Our River Masterplan, and to see the project now coming to life and our shared vision being realised is something we can all be proud of,” Mayor McKeown said.

“Regatta Park is already a favourite destination at the Nepean River and this upgrade will further strengthen its appeal by improving access, useability and creating more opportunities for people to experience and enjoy the beautiful location.”

Stage one will focus on the riverbank, from River Road to the river foreshore, and deliver:

  • a 112-metre pavilion;
  • undercover play space with water activities;
  • a new amenity building;
  • an accessible pathway to the river foreshore, and
  • several over-water viewing platforms.

Stage two is expected to start early next year on the western side of River Road and will deliver:

  • an adventure play space;
  • outdoor exercise stations;
  • a cricket oval;
  • landscaping, and
  • a centralised car park.

Funding for the Regatta Park transformation includes $9 million from Penrith City Council and a total of $15 million from the Australian and NSW Governments.

“The Nepean River is at the heart of our community and connects us all. The upgrade to Regatta Park will enable more local people to access our River, particularly along the foreshore and with new over-water platforms,” said Federal Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh.

“This project is a key part of creating spaces for healthy, active living for our entire community to enjoy – from our budding young cricketers to local families getting out on the weekend. This will help make our community an even better place to live, work and stay.”

For more information on the Western Sydney City Deal visit: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/western-sydney.

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