The $16 million for 2014/15 is part of a wider $35.4 million funding allocation for Parramatta Park over the next four years. Environment Minister Rob Stokes says that this will be part of the 2014/15 State budget. It is the largest investment in the Park’s history.
“This funding boost includes $9.5 million to complete upgrade works of The Crescent events space, which will enable the Park to stage more open air large scale music events, accommodating up to fifteen thousand people,” Mr Stokes said.
Additionally, $8.7 million will be invested into new playground and picnic facilities in The Paddocks precinct. The new facilities will include a giant slide, built in trampolines, water play area, and a unique netted play bridge suspended amongst the trees. $2 million has also been set aside to upgrade the heritage setting around the newly-restored George Street Gatehouse.
Other planned upgrades include improving access for cyclists and pedestrians and providing extra parking around the playground areas.
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said the improvements will enhance the Park’s role as a haven for city workers and residents.
“This investment to restore the park to its former glory is the largest investment in its proud history and will firmly place the park as Western Sydney’s premier cultural tourism destination.”