- Written by Teela Griffin Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
A $24-million upgrade is set to transform Regatta Park at the Nepean River into the new focal point for nature, leisure and recreation and further strengthen Penrith’s position as Western Sydney’s most liveable city.
Key features of the upgrade include two new playspaces, an accessible path leading down to the river foreshore, over-water viewing platforms, a junior cricket oval, functional carpark and plenty of green open space for a variety of activities.
An additional 400 trees are set to be planted throughout the precinct to increase Penrith’s green grid, provide natural shade as well as help create a shaded link from Penrith’s City Centre to the Nepean River.
The Regatta Park transformation is being jointly funded with $9 million contributed by Penrith City Council and $15 million from the Australian and NSW Governments through the Western Sydney City Deal’s Western Parkland City Liveability Program.
A kiosk offering dine in and takeaway food and drink options is expected to further boost the amenity of Regatta Park. The kiosk is being funded and delivered by Penrith City Council, and a Development Application is currently being assessed.
There’s also plans to restore the historic Police Cottage at Regatta Park and through adaptive reuse of the property, transform the site into a café and restaurant, with outside seating that offers diners magnificent views of the Nepean River. Find out more
The $24 million upgrade to Regatta Park is underway and the eastern car park, closest to the Nepean River, is now closed to allow work to start on site. The riverbank, from River Road to the river foreshore, is also temporarily closed until November.
The first stage of construction includes delivering a 112-metre pavilion with undercover play space and water features, a new amenity block, an accessible pathway down to the river foreshore and several over-water viewing platforms. An adult change facility as an extension to the amenities block on the western side of Regatta Park is also being delivered.
The car park and amenities block on the western side of River Road at Regatta Park and the Great River Walk remains open during construction. Alternative parking options at the Nepean River include on-street parking along Tench Avenue, Tench Reserve car park and the Emu Plains commuter car park on weekends.
New car park coming
A new car park is a key feature in the transformation of Regatta Park and when complete this car park will increase the number of car spaces in the centralised car park, overflow car park and on-street parking. There will be a total of 123 car spaces provided for locals and visitors when the upgrade is complete. The new Regatta Park is expected to be open in December 2022.
Will access to the river be restricted during this stage of construction?
Access to the Nepean River from Regatta Park for fishing, kayak launching or viewing will be restricted during the first stage of construction. There are other viewing decks and kayak launch decks around the Nepean River including further along at River Road (opposite the Lewers Gallery), Weir Reserve, the Nepean Rowing Club and Tench Reserve.
Will access to the Great River Walk be restricted during this stage of construction?
The Great River Walk will not close during this stage of construction however, we are encouraging the community to pay attention to safety messaging on signs in the area and to be aware of construction vehicles around the site.
Will access to River Road be impacted at all by this stage of construction?
We are not expecting any disruptions to traffic in either direction along River Road, and the road will remain open during this stage of the construction.
How will noise be controlled during construction?
Where will trucks and heavy machinery park during this stage of construction?
All construction related machinery will park in secured compound to be established by the contractor onsite, with no interruptions to the general public.
What does Stage Two of the upgrade involve?
Stage Two of the construction program is focused on the development of Regatta Park on the western side of River Road including the construction of the cricket oval, adventure play space, outdoor exercise stations and River Road deviation.