Environment Minister Rob Stokes confirmed that $9.5 million will be spent upgrading ‘The Crescent’ events space, making the park a more attractive venue for international artists and promoters.
“The park will be able to stage more large scale music events, with the ability to accommodate up to 15,000 people”, Minister Stokes said.
It was also confirmed that work has begun on an $8.7 million upgrade to playground and picnic facilities in ‘The Paddocks’ precinct.
By the end of 2014, ‘The Gardens’ precinct, home to the newly renovated George Street Gatehouse, will also receive a $2 million refresh. The work is set to include conservation of the convict bridge and additional landscaping around the Gatehouse.
The investment is part of a record $35.4 million that will be spent on the park over the next 4 years. This is the largest financial injection in the park’s proud history.
“Parramatta Park will now be able to conserve important heritage buildings and create new recreational facilities for locals and visitors,” Mr Stokes said.
“After decades of being closed, by the end of next year, all the gatehouses at the major park entrances will be fully restored and in use, ensuring they are appropriately maintained and enjoyed by the community well into the future”.