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Vision

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.

Revitalisation of Parramatta Quay is being realised through several landmark projects, including the:

Other River Foreshore projects include:

Old King’s Foreshore

The Old King's Foreshore is a culturally significant stretch of the river foreshore and a high-traffic pedestrian corridor linking key destinations including the Parramatta CBD and Bankwest Stadium.

The project sees new lighting installed along the pathway to ensure safe shared use by pedestrians and bike riders. See Current Projects for more information.

The Lennox

As part of a Voluntary Planning Agreement between City of Parramatta and the developers of 12-14 Phillip Street, the foreshore area on the south-side of the Parramatta River is being renewed. The project includes a range of improvements to the public domain between Church Street and Marsden Street. See Current Projects for more information.

Parramatta City River Strategy

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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.

Context plan - City River
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.

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.

View part 1 of the River Strategy

View part 2 of the River Strategy

View part 3 of the River Strategy

View part 4 of the River Strategy

View part 5 of the River Strategy

Current projects

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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 with funding support from the NSW Government via the Transport Access and Public Space Legacy Funding programs - it’s getting a major upgrade.

A critical project for Council, 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. Construction on the $10M+ project is expected to begin in late 2021.   

For full details on this project see Participate Parramatta Charles Street Square

Old King’s Foreshore

The Old King's Foreshore is a culturally significant stretch of the river foreshore and forms part of a high-traffic pedestrian corridor linking key destinations such as the Parramatta CBD and Bankwest Stadium.

Council, with funding support from the NSW Government under the Greater Sydney Crown Lands Open Space Activation Program, is installing new lighting along the shared pathway along the river foreshore between O’Connell Street & Marsden Street. Construction is expected to start late 2021.

Project information, including the lighting design to ensure safe use by pedestrians and bike riders, details around community consultation and the Review of Environmental Factors, can be found on Participate Parramatta.

The Lennox

As part of a Voluntary Planning Agreement between City of Parramatta and the developers of 12-14 Phillip Street, the foreshore area on the south-side of the Parramatta River is being renewed.

The project includes a range of public domain improvements between Church Street and Marsden Street including new pedestrian access via the Lennox Bridge and new stairs within the development linking to Church Street and Marsden Street. 

A new boardwalk will extend to the west providing more access to the foreshore area with outlook towards the Marsden Street Weir.  In addition to repairing the sea wall, new paving and balustrades will be introduced. Upgrades to lighting, seating, and new tree planting will also contribute to making the area more welcoming and attractive. 

Get in touch

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If you have any questions, please contact the Charles Street Square project team via our Customer Contact Centre on 1300 617 058 or email charlesstsquare@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au