29 May 2019

John Wearn Reserve in Carlingford set for major upgrade

John Wearn Reserve in Carlingford is set to undergo a major upgrade as part of the City of Parramatta’s North Rocks Park Precinct Masterplan.

The upgrade, which was funded by a $3.1 million NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund grant, will include a new and improved playground, dog park, carpark, amenities block, skate park, fitness station, barbecue facilities, multi-use court, picnic shelters, and a new stage with amphitheatre seating.

“The new and improved facilities and amenities at John Wearn Reserve will mean there’s something for everyone — from children, parents, skateboarders and scooter riders to sports teams, those looking to improve their fitness, dog walkers, picnickers and more,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

“Residents in the Carlingford and North Rocks area will have an amazing local facility where they can run, play and enjoy the green, open space.”

“City of Parramatta Council has consulted widely to ensure this project delivers the best possible outdoor facilities to the local community.”

The John Wearn Reserve upgrade is part of the North Rocks Park Precinct Masterplan, adopted by Council on 29 October 2018.

Under the Masterplan, improvements to North Rocks Park will also be made. New lighting will be installed, which will benefit the cricket and soccer clubs, as well as other users. This is scheduled for completion in July this year.

The concept design for the John Wearn Reserve skate park, multi-court (for basketball, netball and futsal), and fitness station has been finalised. Design work has begun on the playground and dog park, and an architect has been engaged to work on the performance space, picnic/barbecue shelters and amenities block.

The whole upgrade is expected to be completed by December 2019.

Separately, City of Parramatta Council has upgraded the North Rocks Child Care Centre’s playground.

The $400,000 upgrade includes new shade structures, embankment slide, softfall rubber, a nature play area with Australia-themed sculptures, a vegetable garden, herb pots, fruit trees, and new retaining walls and landscaping.