During December, Penrith City Council will be extending the operating hours of Judges Place Car Park to support retailers, cafés and restaurants.
The extension to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights ensures visitors to the City Centre will be able to find a parking spot in a handy central location, close to many of the local traders who are open for extended hours in the busy lead up to Christmas.
Penrith City Council General Manager Warwick Winn said Council wanted to support businesses by allowing customers to stay longer in the City Centre without the worry of finding suitable parking.
“Local businesses have faced many hurdles over the past 18 months and with the lifting of restrictions we are seeing the community return to the City Centre to take advantage of great shopping, food and entertainment,” Mr Winn said.
“We want to ensure that visitors to the City Centre can enjoy themselves without the worry of cutting their night short because of parking. The extended hours of the car park will enable businesses to stay open longer for their customers.
“This will support longer stays in the City which will add to the thriving night-time experience in the City Centre.”
Penrith CBD Corporation CEO Gai Hawthorn said the extended hours will support local cafés and restaurants in and around the CBD.
“The Penrith CBD Corporation asked for extended car park hours so that customers had access to safe and easy parking spaces,” Ms Hawthorn said.
“Council was very receptive to our approach which allows visitors more time to enjoy a meal and entertainment, and a stroll through the CBD. Visitors can check out the Christmas tree and decorations as well as enjoying some of the Christmas characters that will be out and about on Friday and Saturday evenings.”
Penrith Council will have a range of activations including its Summer Nights program at Triangle Park on Friday nights in December where it is encouraging attendees to visit local cafés and restaurants before
enjoying live music in the park. These activations will take place this evening (3 December), 10 December and 17 December from 6pm-9pm.
The Penrith CBD Corporation will also have a Christmas activation in Memory Park and roaming Christmas characters and stalls in High Street to coincide with Council’s, tonight and on 10 December, from 6pm-9pm.
For more information on Summer Nights go to: penrith.city/events