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City River Foreshore Transformation

The City of Parramatta is moving forward with plans to transform the Parramatta City River Foreshore and bring to life the vision for Parramatta as Sydney’s Central River City.

Endorsed by Council in 2015, the Parramatta City River Strategy is a comprehensive plan to transform the City River Foreshore into a vibrant public space that connects to the city, celebrates the history and culture of the Parramatta River, and is resilient to flooding.

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Image: The Parramatta City River Strategy reaches from Rings Bridge in the west, at the gateway to Parramatta Park, to Gas Works Bridge in the east, just beyond the ferry wharf.

The Parramatta City River Strategy provides a framework for the City of Parramatta’s program of public domain works along the river foreshore.

Revitalisation of Parramatta Quay is a priority project in the Parramatta City River Foreshore transformation.

Image: Revitalisation of Parramatta Quay is a priority project in the Parramatta City River Foreshore transformation.

Located at the head of the harbour, Parramatta Quay is the river entry point to our City.  As the western counterpart to Circular Quay, it is the terminus to a historic harbour journey.

Revitalisation of Parramatta Quay is being realised through several landmark projects, including the Parramatta Ferry Wharf Upgrade (completed), the Escarpment Boardwalk (construction 2020), and the Charles Street Square Upgrade (design 2020). 

Latest News

February 2020: Charles Street Square Upgrade

The City of Parramatta will be publicly exhibiting draft plans for the Charles Street Square upgrade from 25 February 2020 to 16 March 2020. Community feedback is essential to ensuring Charles Street Square becomes a welcoming public space that caters for all users.

For more information, contact the Charles Street Square project team by calling the City of Parramatta on 1300 617 058 or email CharlesStSquare@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

February 2020: Escarpment Boardwalk Construction 

Construction on Parramatta River’s long-awaited Escarpment Boardwalk will shortly commence at Parramatta Quay. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2021, however, this may change as the project progresses.

If you have any questions, please contact Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 1300 617 058.

Current Projects

Charles Street Square Upgrade

Charles Street Square at Parramatta Quay has been a gathering place for locals and visitors for thousands of years – and now it’s getting a major upgrade.

The area adjacent to the new Parramatta Ferry Wharf will be transformed into a vibrant public space, an accessible entry point to our City that celebrates the Parramatta River.

Find out more about Charles Street Square Upgrade

Escarpment Boardwalk

The Escarpment Boardwalk is an important missing link in the Parramatta Valley Cycleway. The riverside pedestrian and cyclist boardwalk will connect Parramatta Park to Melrose Park and will include new stairs to Stewart and Macarthur Streets for safe access for locals and school students.

Find out more about Escarpment Boardwalk

Completed Projects