About the new Park
The final design protects and enhances this unique place so that it can continue to support the wellbeing of the community. The site was selected because engagement for Penrith City Council’s Our River Masterplan showed that community members wanted to see Tench Reserve upgraded and improved.
The Nepean River has always played a significant role in shaping the Penrith landscape, where mountains, river, and plains meet. It is also important to the local community as a place to cool off and have fun, enjoy the outdoors, celebrate good times, meetup with friends and exercise.
In developing the Concept Design, we have wanted to improve these experiences and create a better relationship between the Park and the River.
Where possible, this means more access points to the water, walkways that lead down to the water’s edge and opportunities to touch and play with the water. There will also be moments to stop and enjoy the natural riverside experience and new paths and trails that will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the Park.
A new wharf precinct has been designed with an event space and amphitheatre which we are excited to see come to life once the design is complete.
The following explains the design process for the new park in Penrith or visit the Parks for People web page for more information about the Parks for People program.
The first step was to find out what can and can’t be done on the site through due diligence studies and consultation with industry and local experts. The top priority was to protect the unique environment and scenic beauty of the riverfront Park, while offering more places for the community to get together.
The second step was to seek initial ideas and feedback from the community and key stakeholders to inform the development of a draft Concept Design for the upgrades in the Park.
The third step presented a draft Concept Design for community feedback and further input before going any further and developing more detailed designs for the Park. This stage included a design board to take a closer look at the proposed key features of the Park, and a survey to capture community priorities and values that need to be further represented in the final plan.
The fourth step provided the community with the opportunity to view the final plan for the upgrades in more detail.
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