Regatta Park on the Nepean River is set to become the new focal point for nature, leisure and recreation in western Sydney with the final design for a $24 million upgrade showcasing a spectacular transformation.
The final design released on Tuesday features two new playgrounds, an accessible pathway to the river foreshore, over-water viewing platforms, a kiosk with outdoor dining areas, junior cricket oval, functional car park and green open space areas for a variety of activities.
A key feature of the new Regatta Park is a new inclusive play space which was designed by the community using an interactive online tool earlier this year. The play space is fully fenced and includes high-quality play equipment for kids of all ages.
An additional 400 trees are set to be planted throughout the precinct.
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said the Regatta Park project showcases collaboration between all levels of government and the community to deliver a city-shaping project which will be enjoyed for generations to come.
“Regatta Park is an important and much-loved part of the Nepean River precinct and it’s wonderful to see all levels of government and our community work together to create an iconic park for Penrith that we can all be proud of,” Cr McKeown said.
Federal Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh said this significant investment will not only create a fantastic space for local families to enjoy, but also a unique area that will attract visitors from all over western Sydney.
“Our community took an active role in designing an interactive play space which is fully fenced and includes play equipment for children of all ages which is a key feature of Regatta Park. This is a fantastic display of community spirit and I look forward to seeing the project when it is underway,” said Ms McIntosh.
Minister for Western Sydney and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said Regatta Park was already a destination for Penrith residents and the planned upgrade would make the most of the open space.
“This massive investment will transform the experience of a visit to Regatta Park and make it a valued local asset for generations to come,” he said.
Construction of the project is due to start in June 2021, with the upgrade set to be complete in 2022.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.