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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

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.

Thank you to everyone who shared ideas to help input on the vision and design for Carrawood Park, George Kendall Riverside Park, Leppington, Appin Park and Tench Reserve

Following the first engagement phase and technical research, we have created exciting new designs to share with you. The second stage of engagement seeks further community feedback on the draft concept designs.

We have already released the draft concept designs for Carrawood Park, George Kendall Riverside Park, Leppington, Appin Park and Tench Reserve. Thank you to all who provided feedback.

We encourage you to revisit our web pages to follow the progress of these projects, or register for updates to be informed about future engagement opportunities for these parks.

We will present the final design for the parks and illustrate how community input has helped shape the key features and character of each park.

Have your say

Carrawood Park

Help us create the park that's right for you and comment on the draft Concept Design


Help us create the park that's right for you

Frenchs Forest

Help us enhance Nandi Reserve


View the draft concept for Leppington

George Kendall Riverside Park

Have your say on the updated draft concept design for George Kendall Riverside Park.

Appin Park

View the draft concept for Appin Park

Tench Reserve

View the feedback received on the draft Concept Design

What is planned for 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.

When will the parks be delivered?

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.

Where will the parks be located?

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

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

Parks map

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 open.space@planning.nsw.gov.au 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: