Ms Parker said the money will enable the construction a hard staging area giving the Park’s events space ‘The Crescent’ the necessary infrastructure to host large outdoor events.
“The works will improve access to the site for event set up and include upgrades to services such as lighting, power, water and sewerage. All works are expected to be completed by the end of June,” Ms Parker said.
“The investment will increase the variety and number of events that can be held in the Park, whilst maintaining its important heritage aesthetic.
“The heritage aspects of the area will be improved by tree plantings directly adjacent to the new staging area. Byrnes Avenue will be lined by oak trees, providing a visual buffer of the paved events space.”
Stuart Ayres, Minister Assisting the Premier for Western Sydney, said the improvements will make the events space attractive to music promoters and festival organisers as they will be able to hold their events within a world heritage listed park setting whilst being in the heart of Parramatta.
“This investment in Parramatta Park highlights the NSW Government’s dedication to attracting events across the whole of Sydney, particularly in the west,” Mr Ayres said.
“This is a great location for events with excellent public transport links and located in the heart of our city.”
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee welcomed the announcement and encouraged people to attend the event, which is predicted to attract up to 10,000 people.
“This announcement is great news for Parramatta Park and from next year the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with Parramatta Park Trust will be working with schools across Parramatta and Western Sydney,” Mr Lee said.
“The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will be developing a program to provide intensive professional learning for school teachers, empowering them to present music activities in their school.
“This program will reach thousands of children, and as a result, some will participate at next year’s concert.”
Chairman of Parramatta Park Trust, Andrew McDonald, says the improvements are “specifically designed so that when not in concert mode, ‘The Crescent’ events space will still be available to the parks visitors as a large open-field recreation spot, perfect for informal gatherings or relaxing by the river.”
“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to improve the visitor experience of Parramatta Park, and this investment will mean many thousands more people will visit and experience this beautiful world heritage site.”
Image courtesy Parramatta Park Trust