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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.

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.

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

  • Parramatta Ferry Wharf upgrade (completed)
  • Escarpment Boardwalk (construction 2020)
  • Charles Street Square upgrade (design 2020)

Latest news

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May 2020 – Escarpment Boardwalk construction

Construction on Parramatta River’s long-awaited escarpment boardwalk has commenced at Parramatta Quay.

Construction is expected to be completed by early 2021, however, this may change as the project progresses.

Ferry replacement buses are currently running between Rydalmere and Parramatta ferry wharves.

Notification of site works

City of Parramatta Council is preparing concept designs to transform Charles Street Square at Parramatta Quay. This exciting project is one of a number of planned foreshore improvements that will strengthen the connection between our city and the Parramatta River.

Charles Street Square upgrade

Public exhibition of the concept design occurred between 25 February to 16 March 2020 and it is estimated that communications regarding the project reached more than 880,000 people during this period.

At the City of Parramatta Council meeting held on Monday 11 May 2020, a report on the public exhibition of draft plans to transform Charles Street Square at Parramatta Quay was put forward for consideration. Councillors approved the concept design, including minor amendments in response to community feedback and stakeholder submissions.

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.

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 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.

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.

Get in touch

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If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our Customer Contact Centre on 1300 617 058.