Parks for People

On 3 February 2019, the NSW Premier announced the $150-million Strategic Open Space program to secure and improve open space across Greater Sydney. The Parks for People program is the initial $50 million that is being spent across Greater Sydney to create better access to open space.

This high-profile program of the NSW Government will contribute to the delivery of two Premier’s Priorities, which aim to enhance the quality of life for the people of NSW.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, in partnership with local councils and the community, will deliver new or improved parks that can be enjoyed by the community as a place to relax, exercise, have fun, connect with families and friends and breathe in the beauty of well-designed public open spaces.

The program is an ambitious NSW Government initiative that sets a new benchmark for high-quality public open spaces in our communities. In partnership with local councils, we are delivering eight diverse, community-oriented, and resilient parks across Greater Sydney.

These parks will be legacy spaces for future generations. With this in mind, the vision and ideas of the community and its stakeholders, combined with innovative design, will inform the creation of the right type of park for community.

How to be involved

Phase 1 – Engaging with ideas

During this first engagement phase we are seeking your input and advice on the vision for the parks. These insights will inform the development of a draft concept for the new park that will be shared during the second phase of engagement.

You can now provide your input on the vision and design for Leppington’s new park.
Share your ideas and help us create the park that’s right for you:

Phase 2 – Draft concept plan

During this second phase of engagement we are seeking your feedback on the draft concept design for the parks. This round of consultation will include a virtual and collaborative webinar.

We are currently reviewing your feedback for Appin park and Tench Reserve and will release a draft concept design for each park before the end of the year. Keep a lookout or register for updates to be informed about the future engagement opportunities for these parks.

Phase 3 – Final concept exhibition

We will present the final design for the parks from what you told us during the previous two phases.

More about the parks

We are in the early stages of the program and no decisions have been made about the design of each of the parks. Each park will be planned and developed in close collaboration with local councils and the community to make sure the specific environmental, cultural, social and economic values are considered in the design.

The vision and ideas of the community and its stakeholders, combined with innovative design, will help create the right type of park for each community.

The overall timelines for the program as a whole are:

  • concept design: in late-2020
  • construction starts: early 2021
  • parks completion: by late 2021.

We will post exact timelines for each of the parks as they start.

In June 2020, we confirmed the location of the new and improved parks across metropolitan Sydney:

  • New parks: Frenchs Forest, Leppington, Appin and Beaumont Hills
  • Improved parks: George Kendall Riverside Park, Kempt Field, Tench Reserve and Carrawood Park.

You can find more details about the parks by using the interactive map below.

Note: You can view a larger version of the interactive map.

Stay in touch

For more information about Parks for People, you can:

  • email us at and let us know how you like to receive information about the project.
  • watch your local council’s ‘your say’ page for future consultation events in your neighbourhood.
  • sign up for email updates below:


Help make sure Leppington's new park provide a recreational space for Leppington and beyond.

George Kendall
George Kendall

Help us transform George Kendall Riverside Park into a lasting a park that’s right for you.