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Place Management

Placemaking Projects

Carmen Drive Reserve and Shop Frontage Upgrade

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Construction is now complete. The project includes upgraded streetscape, amenities block, fenced playground, and additional 24 car parking spots for customers.

The recently upgraded playground at Carmen Reserve by the City of Parramatta is now open for play. The playground focuses on natural play, and includes a variety of climbing and balancing options for children 4 years and up.

The Playground is a multifunctional piece of playground equipment with many options that develop children’s motor skills. The various climbing sections are organised in the form of routes providing diverse forms of exercise and fosters the children’s imaginations.

Carmen Drive Upgrade Recognised!

City of Parramatta was recently been awarded two awards for the Carmen Drive Shops and Reserve Upgrade.

The awards included Institute of 2021 Public Works Engineering Australasia NSW & ACT Award in the Category of ‘Community Precinct Award’, the second Greater Sydney Commission Planning Awards 2021 in the category of 'Great Community Collaboration'.

This project is a true testament of the community working with council do deliver a great result, the project included upgrade to the streetscape, new fenced playground, picnic tables, signage, an amenities block and additional parking for customers.

Phillip Street 'Smart Street'

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In May 2020, Council will commence construction on the first stage of the Phillip Street ‘Smart Street’ project. Stage 1 of the project will span the southern side of Phillip Street between Church and Smith Streets.

It will include widening of the southern side of Philip Street to accommodate an expanded new public domain with the capacity for outdoor dining, multifunction poles, smart technology and ‘connected’ street furniture, and a new urban forest of mature street trees.

The project was driven by Council research indicating that CBD residents, workers and visitors want more outdoor dining, vibrancy, cafes, shade, greenery and seating within the CBD.

For more details, see the Phillip Street design for consultation.

Artist impression of Phillip Street

The Chisholm Centre

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Community consultation for this project occurred in late 2019 for the upgrade to the shops. The design for the upgrade to the shops was finalised in December 2019, it was great to see so many community members give their feedback regarding the upgrade.  

Construction commenced in April 2020 was completed in August 2020. The Official opening happened in 2021. The upgrade has provided the following for the community new pavement, accessible car spaces, new plants, lights, bike racks, picnic shelters, street library, birdbath street furniture and new access ramp.

John Wearn Reserve, Carlingford

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Throw on your khakis and get ready for a spot of wildlife watching at John Wearn Reserve in Carlingford with the newly upgraded park’s exciting safari-themed playground.

The playground – which is decorated with an assortment of animal statues, including an elephant, zebra, monkey and lion – is part of a $5.2 million refurbishment of the park.

The Reserve upgrade also features a dog park, amenities block, carpark, skate park, fitness station, multi-use court, barbecue facilities, and picnic shelters. A stage with amphitheatre seating is in the final phase of construction.

“I am delighted that our community will be able to enjoy the fantastic new facilities at John Wearn Reserve,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.

“More people than ever are using parks for recreation and physical activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our community, particularly Carlingford and North Rocks residents, are very excited to see this fantastic new facility open.

“Council has undergone extensive consultation to ensure the upgrades meet the current and future needs of our diverse and growing community. The revamped John Wearn Reserve is a space everyone can be proud of.“

These major renovations were completed as part of the City of Parramatta’s North Rocks Park Precinct Masterplan and were co-funded by Council and a NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund grant.

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said that the upgrades would help create a more vibrant and inclusive local community.

“Public spaces have always been important to community health, wellbeing and prosperity, and the new and improved upgrades to John Wearn Reserve will deliver a vibrant revitalised space for recreation, leisure, and physical activity in the Carlingford and North Rocks communities,” Mr Elliott said.

For more details, see the John Wearn Reserve concept plan.

Ventura road shops, Northmead

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Construction is commenced in January 2020 and is now complete the scope of works is centered around improving access from the adjoining reserve the shops, streetscape works and improved garden beds. 

Consultation with the shopkeepers, residents, customers and shop keepers occurred 2018. The final concept was endorsed in 2019, with the community fully supporting the much needed access improvements and upgrade. 

The completed the work will improve access from the adjoining reserve the shops with the construction of new stairs, streetscape works, new seating area, and improved garden beds.

For more details, see the Ventura Road Shops concept plan.

Max Ruddock Reserve

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The City of Parramatta has now completed upgrading Max Ruddock Reserve in Winston Hills! Feedback from the community has helped shape the designs for the park.

With a new play space, including a basket swing, nature play areas, climbing structure and slide, plus new fitness equipment, accessible pathways and picnic area, the community is sure to love the upgraded park.

Fitness equipment, a new playground and connecting footpaths have now been built at Max Ruddock Reserve in Winston Hills, with a new ball fence already completed. Council expects the project will be finished by the end of 2020. In early 2021, Council will start to consult with local sports clubs and our community for the amenities building upgrade.

Awarded Winner of the 2021 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award for Small Projects!

Projects in this category include those considered to be 'small' in terms of size or budget. Projects are recognised that have been constrained by size or budget restrictions, but have achieved a level of invention and creativity beyond these constraints.

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Street Libraries

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Street Libraries are beautiful homes for books and gives you access to free books and provide you with the chance to experience the joy of reading while getting out and about in your local area.

Council has had the opportunity to provide Street Libraries throughout each Ward in the Parramatta Council Local Government area.  Many Street Libraries are in convenient locations near a park or a shopping centre.   Street Libraries encourage books to be recycled and shared by:

  • Providing any member of the community access to literature and the joys of reading;
  • Providing opportunities for community members to meet, connect and socialise; and
  • Enlivening and activating public spaces.

The City of Parramatta Council is working with the community to share books through the installation of Street Libraries in our public domain.

The libraries work on an honesty system with the motto “Take a book; leave a book”.

Street Libraries increase community activation and invites the community to share the joys of reading and create lasting connections inside their community.

There could be one near you now!

If you would like to see what other street libraries are in your local neighbourhood, please search for a Street Library.