Regatta Park upgrade

Consultation has concluded for the Regatta Park playground:

Penrith City Council is calling on the local community to have their say on the design of a new playground at Regatta Park.

The Regatta Park precinct upgrade is a long-standing community aspiration that is on track for delivery after funding was confirmed last year as a part of the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability fund. The $24 million upgrade will be jointly funded with $15 million coming from the Australian and NSW Governments and $9 million from Council.

A key part of the Regatta Park precinct will include a new playground, consultation for this is now open.

We envisage the new playground to be an inclusive space that offers a variety of play opportunities for residents and visitors in our City.

We would like to hear the community’s feedback on what they would like to see included in the playground.

For more updates on the broader Regatta Park precinct please keep an eye on Councils website. You can download a detailed map of proposed Regatta Park precinct project upgrade from the document library.


What’s happening at Regatta Park?

Plans for the enhancement to Regatta Park to improve amenity and access to the foreshore of the Nepean River is a long-held aspiration of the community. The Our River Masterplan (2013) identified Regatta Park as a key site for enhancement to provide greater open space and recreational opportunities for residents of Penrith.

Funding to fulfil this aspiration was received last year with the announcement of the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability fund program. With the $24 million upgrade to be jointly funded with $15 million coming from the Australian and NSW Governments and $9 million from Council.

A preliminary design for the Regatta Park precinct was revealed late last year showing how Council aspires to transform the current site into a beautiful large green open recreational space that will bring extensive benefits to residents and visitors.

While the entire Regatta Park precinct is large, Council is currently consulting with the community on the section that will be dedicated to a playground. This consultation will ensure Council gathers the community’s views for the park so that these can be embedded into the final designs.

Council’s long-held plans to maximise the potential of the Regatta Park precinct. It will 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.


How to have your say

The survey for the Regatta Park precinct closed on 21 February 2020. We will review and collage the responses and provide feedback.

Don’t forget to look at the images submitted for the playground space.

NEW: Thank you for all the comments so far. We have provided feedback to some questions that have come up as part of the consultation. Read the feedback to your questions.


Consultation has concluded for the Regatta Park playground:

Penrith City Council is calling on the local community to have their say on the design of a new playground at Regatta Park.

The Regatta Park precinct upgrade is a long-standing community aspiration that is on track for delivery after funding was confirmed last year as a part of the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability fund. The $24 million upgrade will be jointly funded with $15 million coming from the Australian and NSW Governments and $9 million from Council.

A key part of the Regatta Park precinct will include a new playground, consultation for this is now open.

We envisage the new playground to be an inclusive space that offers a variety of play opportunities for residents and visitors in our City.

We would like to hear the community’s feedback on what they would like to see included in the playground.

For more updates on the broader Regatta Park precinct please keep an eye on Councils website. You can download a detailed map of proposed Regatta Park precinct project upgrade from the document library.


What’s happening at Regatta Park?

Plans for the enhancement to Regatta Park to improve amenity and access to the foreshore of the Nepean River is a long-held aspiration of the community. The Our River Masterplan (2013) identified Regatta Park as a key site for enhancement to provide greater open space and recreational opportunities for residents of Penrith.

Funding to fulfil this aspiration was received last year with the announcement of the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability fund program. With the $24 million upgrade to be jointly funded with $15 million coming from the Australian and NSW Governments and $9 million from Council.

A preliminary design for the Regatta Park precinct was revealed late last year showing how Council aspires to transform the current site into a beautiful large green open recreational space that will bring extensive benefits to residents and visitors.

While the entire Regatta Park precinct is large, Council is currently consulting with the community on the section that will be dedicated to a playground. This consultation will ensure Council gathers the community’s views for the park so that these can be embedded into the final designs.

Council’s long-held plans to maximise the potential of the Regatta Park precinct. It will 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.


How to have your say

The survey for the Regatta Park precinct closed on 21 February 2020. We will review and collage the responses and provide feedback.

Don’t forget to look at the images submitted for the playground space.

NEW: Thank you for all the comments so far. We have provided feedback to some questions that have come up as part of the consultation. Read the feedback to your questions.


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  • Will there be any cafes/bars?

    about 2 months ago

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    The feasibility of a kiosk/café is currently being explored. It is likely that as part of future works (beyond this project) this will be provided. 

    The feasibility of a kiosk/café is currently being explored. It is likely that as part of future works (beyond this project) this will be provided. 

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    Shade structures will be provided throughout the site. New trees are proposed to provide additional shade. Council is also exploring options to incorporate various park elements including nature play in locations with existing trees.

    Shade structures will be provided throughout the site. New trees are proposed to provide additional shade. Council is also exploring options to incorporate various park elements including nature play in locations with existing trees.

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    We are seeking input from the community at present that will guide the design. Consideration of a sustainable design and water use will be considered. A variety of water play elements will be proposed. 

    We are seeking input from the community at present that will guide the design. Consideration of a sustainable design and water use will be considered. A variety of water play elements will be proposed. 

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  • Will the play areas be gated?

    about 2 months ago

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    They will not be gated. However, a clear boundary and buffer will be formed by vegetation in combination with a swale. It will be ‘naturally’ enclosed.

    They will not be gated. However, a clear boundary and buffer will be formed by vegetation in combination with a swale. It will be ‘naturally’ enclosed.

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    To improve amenity and access to the park several road and traffic changes need to occur including:

    • River Road, Emu Plains to be realigned with Lamrock Street, Emu Plains. This will include relocating the intersection from the corner of the Great Western Highway and River Road, Emu Plains 130 metres to the west of where it is currently located to be opposite Lamrock Street. 

    • There will be a partial closure of York Street, Emu Plains. 

    To improve amenity and access to the park several road and traffic changes need to occur including:

    • River Road, Emu Plains to be realigned with Lamrock Street, Emu Plains. This will include relocating the intersection from the corner of the Great Western Highway and River Road, Emu Plains 130 metres to the west of where it is currently located to be opposite Lamrock Street. 

    • There will be a partial closure of York Street, Emu Plains. 
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    Council are in the process of investigating the opportunities the Cottage may provide as an iconic amenity for the community to enjoy. The Cottage is owned by Crown Lands who have provided Council with a licence to complete these investigations.

    Council are in the process of investigating the opportunities the Cottage may provide as an iconic amenity for the community to enjoy. The Cottage is owned by Crown Lands who have provided Council with a licence to complete these investigations.

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    Please refer to the map provided on the Have Your Say portal that showcases all other feature items within the park. 

    If you have any other feedback or recommendations, please forward them to regattapark@penrith.city

    Please refer to the map provided on the Have Your Say portal that showcases all other feature items within the park. 

    If you have any other feedback or recommendations, please forward them to regattapark@penrith.city

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    92 regular parking spaces are proposed. Additional 40 ‘overflow’ parking spaces will be provided. This is a significant increase compared with the existing 35 available parking spaces. 

    92 regular parking spaces are proposed. Additional 40 ‘overflow’ parking spaces will be provided. This is a significant increase compared with the existing 35 available parking spaces. 

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    A ‘natural’ bowl is proposed to function as amphitheatre. The stairs down to the river can also function as an amphitheatre, with the river view in the background.

    A ‘natural’ bowl is proposed to function as amphitheatre. The stairs down to the river can also function as an amphitheatre, with the river view in the background.

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    There are several proposed decks on the river, and we will consider the possibility of building them to the specifications required to function as kayak launch pads also

    There are several proposed decks on the river, and we will consider the possibility of building them to the specifications required to function as kayak launch pads also

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