Revitalise Our City

Penrith is on the cusp of a significant transformation.

 

 A once-in-a- generation change that will mean in the next few years, we’ll be waking up in a world-class city, well connected by public transport, with plenty of choices for recreational activities like cycling, running, picnicking and playing. The Penrith CBD will have a City Park, as other great metropolises across the world do. The heat of the summer will be mitigated by buildings with green facades, thousands of new trees and shade structures in our parks, while local industries will be stimulated by stunning new commercial spaces across our City.

Many projects are underway across our City, some of which are highlighted over the following pages, and some of which are being led by the State Government or the private sector. Penrith City Council is playing its part, with a forecast of over $300 million to be invested in key projects over the next five years. This investment ensures Penrith’s future as a highly liveable, prosperous and cooler City.

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Regatta Park concept design

Artist’s impression of the upgraded playspace at Regatta Park

The Nepean River has always been integral to Penrith’s identity. The transformation of Regatta Park will unlock the park’s potential, first visualised in the Our River Masterplan. The final designs for this reimagined $24 million recreational precinct demonstrate a more useable and accessible space, improved amenity and higher quality opportunities to meet, eat, relax or be active in our fantastic waterfront setting.

More shade, waterplay activities, outdoor gym equipment and BBQ-equipped picnic areas are just some of the new features coming, with the upgrade projected to be complete by December 2022.

Next door to Regatta Park at the foot of the Yandhai-Nepean Crossing, the old Police Cottage has stood for over a hundred years. Having been fenced off for some time, this historic landmark will soon be revitalised to house a café/restaurant for waterfront dining. For the first time in its century-long history, this heritage building and garden space will be open for the community to enjoy.

The Police Cottage is part of the ‘bridge-to-bridge precinct’, which also encompasses Regatta Park, Tench Reserve and much of the Great River Walk. It’s Penrith’s greatest natural asset, and as 2020 taught us, access to nature and green open spaces will never stop being important.

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The revitalised Police Cottage will be home to a new waterfront café or restaurant

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Artist’s impression of the Penrith CBD’s new green heart, City Park

Heading back to the CBD, you can look forward to having lunch in our new City Park, at the corner of Henry and Station streets, by early 2023. This new $12-million park will include different themed gardens, water features and seating, providing visitors and workers in the CBD a shady spot for some time out. Penrith has long needed a central park, like many of the world’s greatest cities have. With over 7,000 square metres dedicated to it, City Park will change our experience of visiting the Penrith CBD for the better.

Across the road at 131 Henry Street, the former Council Chambers building will face City Park and take on new significance as the park attracts visitors. The existing 1960s building will be reimagined to become a modern place to work with retail space at the ground floor. In the heart of our shopping and business district, it‘s perfectly positioned to bring new jobs to Penrith and stimulate the local economy.

More employment and retail in the CBD calls for more parking, and the Soper Place Revitalisation addresses this demand. Using an iconic design chosen by the NSW Government Design Excellence Competition, Soper Place will be transformed into a new landmark building.

The design is an innovative combination of parking – 600 new spaces – but also vibrant new community and commercial spaces. Four storeys, or approximately 6,200m2 of A-grade commercial space will bring new business and employment opportunities. An extensive public rooftop garden and a living green facade will actively combat urban heat, featuring plants from ecologies along the Nepean River. This flagship building will include a multi-sports court and playground, and versatile space for markets, movie nights, functions, events and concerts.

In years to come, dragging the kids away from Soper’s basketball courts won’t be easy, but at least we’ll be able to relax in the rooftop garden while we wait.

Soper Place is part of Council’s larger city- shaping vision for our CBD to be connected to the Nepean River by a series of beautiful parks, natural canopies and vibrant spaces to gather, relax and work.

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The rear view of our new landmark building at Soper Place

 Gipps Street Masterplan

The Masterplan for Gipps Street Recreational Precinct

At the other end of town, in Claremont Meadows along South Creek, 34 hectares of land is being transformed into something special. It will be called Gipps Street Recreational Precinct, and there is nothing similar in Penrith to compare it to.

Every member of the family will find something to keep them entertained here, with multiple sportsfields, amenities and bathrooms, water play, plus pump tracks for skating, scooters and bikes. For the dog lovers among us, both on and off-leash areas will keep our pooch companions happy. There will be outdoor gym equipment, plenty of shaded picnic areas with BBQs, and a wetland area will feature boardwalks, habitat and environmental education. Once you’ve tired yourself out, a café will be serving drinks, so you can sit and relax.

Progress on the concept design for Gipps Street Recreational Precinct is well underway, which will be available for community consultation in April.

In an even larger space nearby, spread across 400 hectares at Kingswood, The Quarter Health and Education Precinct is a key component of our dynamic future city.

The Quarter will increase access to high quality health services. You’ll find important stakeholders in health here, such as the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Western Sydney University, University of Sydney Medical School, TAFE NSW, Nepean Private Hospital, Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Care, Celestino and Nepean Blue Mountains Education and Medical Research Foundation.

Clustering specialised services – so that education, research and health services connect to deliver leading innovations – will undoubtedly benefit local residents. The Quarter will provide easier access to high quality support while creating a diverse range of jobs close to home.

Penrith will be the most liveable city in the state. Our CBD will be connected to our River by a green spine of shaded parks and community spaces. More opportunities to find employment close to home will flow, from new commercial developments and revitalised buildings and CBD spaces. Easier transport options in and out of the city, with more parking, will stimulate the local economy and make our days go smoother. With a multitude of city-shaping projects coming to fruition in the next few years, our future looks bright.

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