Funding secured: new life for iconic riverside park

City of Canada Bay secures funding from NSW Government to upgrade Howley Park, Drummoyne.

The $1.5 million of funding will transfer ongoing management of the riverside park to the City of Canada Bay and provide for an upgrade of the park, a new lookout area, and improved access to the beach for swimmers and kayakers.

State member for Drummoyne John Sidoti said the upgrade is being delivered on Crown land in partnership with the City of Canada Bay under the Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Space Activation Program.

“Howley Park is one of the gems of the Inner West with beautiful views over the Parramatta River and the project will ensure public access to the foreshore will be significantly improved,” Mr Sidoti said.

“The project will transform the eastern side of Howley Park reserve with a lookout area with bench seats facing east over the water, a sloping lawn terrace, a walkway to the foreshore, and lighting so that it can be enjoyed by the entire community.”

The project includes bush regeneration and landscaping to provide quality open space for both passive and active recreation, including swimming, kayaking and canoeing. A new pedestrian and disability access ramp will be constructed so the reserve and beach can be accessed by all.

City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said the new park and the transfer of the ongoing management of Howley Park East will bring new life to the beautiful Drummoyne riverside area.

“Local residents will be thrilled to hear about this new investment in Howley Park – another beautiful part of our foreshore for which we have been able to secure investment,” Mayor Tsirekas said.

“I look forward to the ongoing beatification of this waterside park and I thank the NSW Government for their investment in our local area.”

Mr Sidoti said the Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Space Activation Program was providing $16.5 million to activate government-owned Crown land to deliver more quality green, open public space.

“Local councils are being engaged in partnership opportunities to activate Crown land sites for community use through new or improved public parkland reserves, foreshore precincts or civic spaces,” Mr Sidoti said.

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