Bold blueprint for Parramatta ‘shared backyard’ unveiled

An exciting new blueprint for an outdoor sporting and recreation network in North Parramatta that serves as the local community’s “shared backyard” is now on public exhibition.

City of Parramatta Council’s “Heart of Play” masterplan proposes to connect seven parks and reserves via pedestrian and cycleway links to create a welcoming and improved 30 hectares of open space in a rapidly growing part of the City.

“If the past year has taught us anything, it is the value of our open spaces – particularly in high density and developing areas,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.

“Through the Heart of Play masterplan, we are creating a shared backyard for our local residents where they can relax, play, exercise and socialise.

“North Parramatta and the Parramatta CBD are projected to house an additional 36,353 residents by 2036, so it is crucial that we plan for this growth. We want to make sure everyone, now and in the future, can enjoy these open spaces.”

The parks included in the masterplan are Doyle Ground, Dan Mahoney Reserve, Barton Park, Old Saleyards Reserve, PH Jeffery Reserve, Sherwin Park and Corry Court.

In July 2020, Council asked the local community and key stakeholders how they use their local parks and reserves and what improvements they would like to see. This feedback has informed the Heart of Play draft masterplan.

Residents are encouraged to have their say on the Heart of Play draft masterplan by taking a short online survey, dropping into one of four pop-up consultation events during the month of May, or attending a Q&A webinar with the designers.

Submissions close 4pm, 24 May 2021.

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