Ground-breaking milestone for new $24 million Regatta Park

Work is now underway to transform Penrith’s Regatta Park into a focal point for nature, leisure and recreation in Western Sydney.

The $24 million project is being jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments and the Penrith City Council under the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Program to create a community space that will be a destination for people across the region.

The project will increase the appeal of this picturesque location by improving access, formalising recreation spaces and creating more opportunities for locals and visitors to experience and enjoy the area.

Stage one will focus on the riverbank, from River Road to the river foreshore, and deliver:

  • a 112-metre pavilion,
  • undercover play space with water activities,
  • a new amenity building,
  • an accessible pathway to the river foreshore, and
  • several over-water viewing platforms.

Stage two is expected to start early next year on the western side of River Road and will deliver:

  • an adventure play space
  • outdoor exercise stations,
  • a cricket oval,
  • landscaping, and
  • a centralised car park.

Funding for the Regatta Park transformation includes $9 million from Penrith City Council and a total of $15 million from the Australian and NSW Governments.

For more information on the Western Sydney City Deal visit: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/western-sydney.

Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP:
“The transformation of Penrith’s Regatta Park is one of many projects being delivered under the Western Sydney City Deal, which is a commitment from all levels of government to enhance the liveability and sustainability of the region.

“This includes significant investment in vital community infrastructure to transform the region into the Western Parkland City, and builds on the Morrison Government’s $5.3 billion investment in the Western Sydney Airport, which will be a catalyst for economic activity and job growth.”

Quotes attributable to New South Wales Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, the Hon Stuart Ayres MP:
“The project will deliver two new play spaces, an accessible pathway to the river foreshore, over-water viewing platforms, a junior cricket oval, a functional car park, more trees planted and green open space areas.

“The new Regatta Park is a fine example of the City Deal delivering for Penrith. The Nepean River and its riverside parks are a wonderful asset for our community. This project will only enhance its amenity and make it a more desirable location for locals and visitors.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh MP:
“The Nepean River is at the heart of our community and connects us all. The upgrade to Regatta Park will enable more local people to access our River, particularly along the foreshore and with new over-water platforms.

“This project is a key part of creating spaces for healthy, active living for our entire community to enjoy – from our budding young cricketers to local families getting out on the weekend. This will help make our community an even better place to live, work and stay.”

Quotes attributable to Penrith Mayor, Cr Karen McKeown OAM:
“This upgrade was first identified by our community and put forward as a key outcome in Council’s Our River Masterplan, and to see the project now coming to life and our shared vision being realised is something we can all be proud of,” Cr McKeown said.

“Regatta Park is already a favourite destination at the Nepean River and this upgrade will further strengthen its appeal by improving access, useability and creating more opportunities for people to experience and enjoy the beautiful location.”

Media contact:

Minister Fletcher: Erin Forster | 0448 207 414 | erin.forster@communications.gov.au

Ms McIntosh: Electorate Office | 02 4722 0600

Minister Ayres: Sophie Hull | 0447 538 756 | Sophie.hull@minister.nsw.gov.au

Cr Karen McKeown OAM: Rebecca Hackney | 0437 858 216 | rebecca.hackney@penrith.city