The much-anticipated transformation of West Epping Park will be revealed to the public at an official opening on Saturday 24 March. The $11.23 million project has delivered: City of Parramatta’s first synthetic, all-weather soccer and cricket fields; three new cricket practice nets; a basketball court; ‘street’ style skate area; play areas for toddlers and large climbing structures; picnic and barbecue areas; shelters; informal open lawns; lighting and new footpaths; and improved traffic and parking facilities.
“West Epping Park has been transformed in to a highly functional, state-of-the-art sport and recreation park that the whole community can enjoy,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said. “The project has been a collaborative effort with funding from the State Government and the Hornsby Shire Council, who were responsible for the new design of the Park. City of Parramatta has now delivered the project, which will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.”
The community is invited to attend the official opening from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. “There will be a variety of activities on offer including a free barbecue, balloon artist, face painting and mini-sports activities to showcase the new park and amenities. YMCA Epping will also offer free outdoor fitness classes and tours of their facility,” Cr Wilson said.
“I encourage everyone to come along and explore the new facilities and enjoy the fun, family-friendly activities on offer at the revitalised West Epping Park.” The West Epping Park works were partially funded by the State Government under the Urban Activation Precinct Planning Support Scheme. Hornsby Shire Council designed the project and City of Parramatta took on the delivery of the works following Council amalgamations in May 2016.
Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, said the park funding was part of a $2.5 million package from the Precinct Support Scheme, which has delivered a major boost for locals and is financing similar projects across Sydney. “As Sydney continues to develop into a world-class international city, it is important we provide more open space to cater for the needs of local people,” Mr Roberts said.
“So, we’re developing coordinated, thoughtful and strategic plans for NSW’s growing population, with more green spaces to visit and for recreational use.” Due to the anticipated crowd numbers at the opening people are encouraged to take public transport, walk or cycle to the park.