A vibrant green space in the heart of Penrith’s City Centre is now one step closer with the Development Application (DA) for the $12-million City Park formally submitted to Council.
The community can have their say on the DA, which is open for public exhibition for the next four weeks.
The DA for City Park seeks to deliver a 7,000sqm park on the corner of Henry and Station Streets, complete with themed gardens, water features, shaded areas and open space for people to socialise, exercise, relax and be entertained.
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said the submission of the DA and public exhibition period is a major milestone in the project and follows a strong community and local business response to the recent consultation on the final design for the park.
“City Park has been a long-held aspiration for Council and our community, and the DA is an exciting step towards the delivery of a vibrant and green heart in our City Centre,” Cr McKeown said.
City Park will play an important role in delivering a healthy and liveable city. The introduction of green, open space in a prime location, only a short walk from Penrith Train Station and Westfield, is also expected to enhance the appeal of Penrith’s City Centre.
“City Park will create a destination which gives our City Centre a competitive edge in attracting visitors, shoppers and workers. More people in the City Centre will stimulate the day and night economy and deliver a much-need boost to local businesses,” Cr McKeown said.
“In addition to the social, health and economic benefits, City Park will also play an important role in cooling the City. Green open space, natural shade from tree canopies and water features will work together to mitigate the heat island effect and create a cool refuge.”
The development is on public exhibition for four weeks until February 26 and the DA proposal (DA21/0047) can be viewed online via Council’s DA Tracker at penrith.city/DATracker or at Penrith Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith between 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Postal submissions can be directed to Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751.
Construction of City Park is expected to start in late 2021, with the project set to be completed by early 2023.