Regatta Park upgrade

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The Penrith community’s vision for a high-quality recreational precinct at the beautiful Nepean River is closer to being realised with final designs for the new $24 million Regatta Park upgrade now underway.

The design of Regatta Park is the result of careful planning and extensive community consultation, with the most recent consultation occurring in February 2020 to decide on important playground features.

The new park features event and festival areas, picnic spaces, river terraces, a regional playground for children, accessible pathways and a potential future dining precinct with expansive river views.

The upgrade will maximise the potential of Regatta Park and give a further boost to this well-loved part of Penrith which is already complemented by the popular Yandhai Nepean Crossing, the expanding east bank dining precinct and the redevelopment of Emu Hall into a restaurant and bar.

The $24 million dollar project is jointly funded with $15 million from the Australian and NSW Governments as part of the Western Sydney City Deal’s Liveability Program and $9 million from Penrith City Council.

The final design of Regatta Park is expected to be delivered in late 2020.

Expression of Interest for Public Artwork (NOV-DEC 2020)

Penrith City Council is calling for artists to submit their Expressions of Interest (EOI) to design and create an iconic public art piece for the new Regatta Park recreational precinct.

The commissioned artwork will celebrate the history and significance of the unique riverside location, highlight Regatta Park’s features, and welcome the community and visitors to the area.

Talented artists are invited to detail their experience delivering public artworks and their ability to develop durable and robust artworks in Stage One of the Expression of Interest period, which is open until Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Three shortlisted artists will each be awarded $1,500 to develop and present their concept design proposal and outline how the Artist will engage with the community. Council holds a list of key stakeholders.

The successful artist will be announced in February 2021 and receive $125,000 for all associated costs including the fabrication, delivery, and installation of the artwork.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Artists can submit their EOI by email to regattapark@penrith.city or it can be mailed to:

Regatta Park Project Team, Penrith City Council, PO BOX 601, PENRITH NSW 2750.

The EOI will be open for four weeks from Wednesday 18 November to Wednesday 16 December 2020. Submissions that are mailed prior to the cutoff date but received after the deadline has passed will still be accepted, providing you can provide evidence of the mailing date. Anyone who would like to submit an EOI but cannot meet the deadline is encouraged to contact the project team directly to discuss on regattapark@penrith.city.

Submission requirements

Please note the following requirements for submission:

  • 300-word response to the brief detailing your interest in this project.
  • 500-word description of your practice, experience, achievements, and career highlights as a professional practitioner in your art form/practice.
  • 1-page CV
  • 2 references or referee contact details
  • 6 images of relevant examples of recent work (email must not exceed 30MB)
  • ABN and appropriate insurance details
  • ABN and appropriate insurance details

Selection to the shortlist (Stage 2) will be based on the assessment of the above. Three artists will be shortlisted to progress to Stage 2.

Assessment Stage 1

Applications will be reviewed by the Public Art Review Panel and assessed against the criteria mentioned below. The Panel will provide a recommendation to Penrith City Council for a shortlist of artists to be progressed to the competitive Concept Proposal stage.

The Public Art Review Panel will select those artists who in their EOI submission most clearly demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit of previous work as evidenced in the material provided
  • Relevance to Regatta Park & the Nepean River
  • Public art experience in the public realm / parklands
  • Ability to develop durable and robust artworks
  • Ability to deliver artwork to budget and schedule
  • The criteria all have equal weighting.

Timeline and stages

  • November 2020: Stage 1 - Expression of Interest
  • January 2021: Stage 2 – Concept Design
  • February2021 : Stage 3 - Design Development
  • August 2021: Public artwork delivered

Project Brief

A detailed project brief is available to download from the Document Library folder.

Contact details

For queries regarding the EOI process please contact the Regatta Park Project Team at regattapark@penrith.city

October/November 2020: Site undergoing investigation and assessment

Regatta Park in Emu Plains is undergoing archaeological investigations and assessment for historical and Aboriginal heritage for a period of four to six weeks from 18 October 2020. During this time sections of the park will not be available for use and some disruption is expected.

Penrith City Council has engaged McGregor Coxall to conduct this testing. The testing of this site is an important stage in the delivery of the new $24 million Regatta Park precinct which is due to start construction in April 2021.

The Penrith community’s vision for a high-quality recreational precinct at the beautiful Nepean River is closer to being realised with final designs for the new $24 million Regatta Park upgrade now underway.

The design of Regatta Park is the result of careful planning and extensive community consultation, with the most recent consultation occurring in February 2020 to decide on important playground features.

The new park features event and festival areas, picnic spaces, river terraces, a regional playground for children, accessible pathways and a potential future dining precinct with expansive river views.

The upgrade will maximise the potential of Regatta Park and give a further boost to this well-loved part of Penrith which is already complemented by the popular Yandhai Nepean Crossing, the expanding east bank dining precinct and the redevelopment of Emu Hall into a restaurant and bar.

The $24 million dollar project is jointly funded with $15 million from the Australian and NSW Governments as part of the Western Sydney City Deal’s Liveability Program and $9 million from Penrith City Council.

The final design of Regatta Park is expected to be delivered in late 2020.

Expression of Interest for Public Artwork (NOV-DEC 2020)

Penrith City Council is calling for artists to submit their Expressions of Interest (EOI) to design and create an iconic public art piece for the new Regatta Park recreational precinct.

The commissioned artwork will celebrate the history and significance of the unique riverside location, highlight Regatta Park’s features, and welcome the community and visitors to the area.

Talented artists are invited to detail their experience delivering public artworks and their ability to develop durable and robust artworks in Stage One of the Expression of Interest period, which is open until Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Three shortlisted artists will each be awarded $1,500 to develop and present their concept design proposal and outline how the Artist will engage with the community. Council holds a list of key stakeholders.

The successful artist will be announced in February 2021 and receive $125,000 for all associated costs including the fabrication, delivery, and installation of the artwork.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Artists can submit their EOI by email to regattapark@penrith.city or it can be mailed to:

Regatta Park Project Team, Penrith City Council, PO BOX 601, PENRITH NSW 2750.

The EOI will be open for four weeks from Wednesday 18 November to Wednesday 16 December 2020. Submissions that are mailed prior to the cutoff date but received after the deadline has passed will still be accepted, providing you can provide evidence of the mailing date. Anyone who would like to submit an EOI but cannot meet the deadline is encouraged to contact the project team directly to discuss on regattapark@penrith.city.

Submission requirements

Please note the following requirements for submission:

  • 300-word response to the brief detailing your interest in this project.
  • 500-word description of your practice, experience, achievements, and career highlights as a professional practitioner in your art form/practice.
  • 1-page CV
  • 2 references or referee contact details
  • 6 images of relevant examples of recent work (email must not exceed 30MB)
  • ABN and appropriate insurance details
  • ABN and appropriate insurance details

Selection to the shortlist (Stage 2) will be based on the assessment of the above. Three artists will be shortlisted to progress to Stage 2.

Assessment Stage 1

Applications will be reviewed by the Public Art Review Panel and assessed against the criteria mentioned below. The Panel will provide a recommendation to Penrith City Council for a shortlist of artists to be progressed to the competitive Concept Proposal stage.

The Public Art Review Panel will select those artists who in their EOI submission most clearly demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit of previous work as evidenced in the material provided
  • Relevance to Regatta Park & the Nepean River
  • Public art experience in the public realm / parklands
  • Ability to develop durable and robust artworks
  • Ability to deliver artwork to budget and schedule
  • The criteria all have equal weighting.

Timeline and stages

  • November 2020: Stage 1 - Expression of Interest
  • January 2021: Stage 2 – Concept Design
  • February2021 : Stage 3 - Design Development
  • August 2021: Public artwork delivered

Project Brief

A detailed project brief is available to download from the Document Library folder.

Contact details

For queries regarding the EOI process please contact the Regatta Park Project Team at regattapark@penrith.city

October/November 2020: Site undergoing investigation and assessment

Regatta Park in Emu Plains is undergoing archaeological investigations and assessment for historical and Aboriginal heritage for a period of four to six weeks from 18 October 2020. During this time sections of the park will not be available for use and some disruption is expected.

Penrith City Council has engaged McGregor Coxall to conduct this testing. The testing of this site is an important stage in the delivery of the new $24 million Regatta Park precinct which is due to start construction in April 2021.

Regatta Park Playspace survey


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