The People of Parra Park
Parramatta Park is celebrating its 160th anniversary, and we’re telling its story through the words of the people who know and love it.
Throughout the year, we’ll be publishing your stories here and on our social media – using the hashtag #ParraPark160.
So, start writing and help us say Happy Birthday to the Park Where History Comes Alive!
We always think of it as home
Our home was the Ranger's Cottage, next to the Dairy Cottage. I had four other children while living in the Park; Jody in 1974; Troy in 1978...
Rhonda K, 2018
Parramatta Park will always occupy a special place in my heart
Parramatta Park will always be home to me. My family moved to live in the Park in 1964 when I was just a few months old. My father, Ron Haye...
Mia W, 1964
Parramatta Park will always be my favourite place to clear my mind and connect with nature
Being a local, I’ve been going to Parramatta Park for over twenty years now and have seen all the upgrades.
It’s great to see a variety of e...
Kathleen S, 2018
Simple moments spent as a family I will never forget!
We lived across the road on Hainsworth Street, Westmead and our parents would take my brother and I to the park with a small portable BBQ fo...
Ruby C, 2018
Life is simple here
This park is very family friendly. I love the bats, the birds, the plants, the nature. I love looking at trees, because it calms me.
Savannah B, 2018
The scent from the blossoms in the old swimming area is bliss
I love walking around Parramatta Park. The scent from the blossoms in the old swimming area is bliss. I take the tow path along the bank fro...
Dianne W, 2018
It's a nice place to picnic
Parramatta Park is a welcoming place. I like it. Every morning I walk here from 7am to 8am. It's a good park for children, it's a good park ...
Nasrin D, 2018
I watch the young people running around
I used to teach tai chi but now my knees are no good. I like this park. It's very close to my house and I come here nearly every weekend.
Queenie C, 2018
It's where Aboriginal people go to feel this space
I didn't grow up around Parramatta Park, but my Mum did. She used to come down here all the time as a kid.
I live in Mt Victoria, but I go t...
Jacinta , 2018
I consider the park to be one of my happy places
I consider the park to be one of my happy places. It's where I felt safe cycling and created the foundation of my love for the sport. The pa...
Alanna R, 2018
An amalgamation of cultures, humans in harmony with nature
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, spring in full bloom! I was new to Parramatta and on a walk to explore the place. Walking by the riversi...
Namita M, 2016
Even at night, it clears my head
I catch the train to Parramatta Park and walk through it, home to Westmead. I come here to run because it has a nice track.
It's a very safe...
Boris T, 2018
The children get bored at home – here, they can touch the soil
I have two children and we come here to use the playground and to feed the ducks. It's so important for the children to be healthy and that ...
Sara K, 2018
I hang out with my friends, play tip and climb trees
I play AFL for the Parramatta Lions, so I use the Park all the time. I play centre halfback and ruckman and this is our home ground.
Elijah D, 2018
The descendants of Joseph Flood
In September 2008, the descendants of Joseph Flood, a convict who arrived in 1793, held a reunion in the Park to mark the 200th anniversary ...
Donna N, 2018
If we didn't have the Park, where would we go?
I'm national vice president of the Hindu Council of Australia and we have Deepavali, the biggest multicultural event in Australia at the par...
Bhaghwat C, 2018
There is such a great sense of community
I grew up around here and I used to come here a lot as a child. My husband came here recently and noticed the new playground and now we brin...
Wendy L, 2018
Coming to a place like this is the best medicine
I've been coming to the Park since the '80s. We used to come here in the school holidays with our children and extended family. I love the o...
Diane P, 2018
I never really appreciated how lovely the Park was until I moved back to Parramatta
We played touch football at Parramatta Park on a Sunday morning in the early 1980s. I never really appreciated how lovely the Park was until...
Donna C, 2018
Parramatta Park is a place I go for exercise and socialising
I first visited Parramatta Park through the urging of a work colleague. I am now a member of Parramatta Park Runners Club, an eclectic bunch...
Andrew R, 2018
I learned to ride a bike in the Park
I remember going the Park for family picnics and for rides on the tram. I learned to ride a bike in the Park. These days we go to the Park ...
Jenny W, 2018
When I sit in the sun and watch my fishing line, I don't think about anything
I am a retired engineer. When I retired, I found I had nothing to do. My friend told me, 'You should fish. It's very good exercise.'
Peter T, 2018
The scenery is so pretty and picturesque
Parramatta Park is a very romantic place. It's a nice place for lovers to sit and admire the scenery. The first time I went to the park, I w...
Mirra R, 2018
Watching the bats hanging on the branches is fascinating
Parramatta Park is really special to me because it has a colony of grey-headed flying foxes. I am a WIRES [Wildlife Information, Rescue and ...
Deborah M, 2018
It's for many cultures and one community
The Muslim community utilises Parramatta Park a lot as the [Parramatta] Mosque is a five-minute walk away.
The good thing about the Park is ...
Mahmoud H, 2018
I'd never played for such a big audience
Parramatta Park feels like home. I go to school in Parramatta so the Park is such familiar place. It's so nice to be so close to it.
I am in...
Shayna C, 2018
Sam from Potts Hill
I arrived in Australia in 2011. I have lived in Parramatta and my English school was at Westmead, so I was seeing Parramatta Park every day ...
Sam E, 2018
The Park itself is such a sanctuary
I grew up about 20 minutes away from Parramatta Park but I've been in the area since I was 21. Parramatta Park is a melting pot and that is ...
Tim M, 2018
My Instagram feed is FULL of Parra Park scenery
I run around Parra Park most weekday mornings at sunrise (about four times a week). I’ve met some amazing fellow walker/runners and get to s...
Michael H, 2018