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Grey-Headed Flying Fox cooling system installation

Protecting Parramatta Park’s Grey-Headed Flying Fox community and caring for our Park’s natural environment is a priority for Greater Sydney Parklands.

Grey-Headed Flying Foxes are vitally important to the health of Australian plants and between 5,000-10,000 call our park home, with their camp situated in the trees along the banks of Parramatta River.  

Grey-Headed Flying Foxes are also sensitive to heat stress – it can cause them significant harm and even death. To reduce future heat stress events in extreme temperatures, Greater Sydney Parklands is installing a canopy cooling system in six trees within the flying fox camp.

The canopy cooling system involves six wobbler head sprinklers fitted into each tree. They are spread between lower, mid and upper canopy and, when activated, will spray water to cool the flying foxes, mimicking a summer rainstorm.

The cooling system is being installed on Monday 23 August 2021 and will be complete within the week.

Greater Sydney Parklands is working closely with WIRES to manage this project and ensure minimal disruption to the flying foxes. WIRES has assisted in selecting the priority trees for the sprinklers and will monitor and manage the use of the sprinklers during heat stress events. Greater Sydney Parklands has also supplied a portable pump and twin spray unit to assist with reaching areas that the fixed system can’t reach.

If you would like more information about the work, please contact the Parramatta Park Trust office on 9895 7500 or email us at info@ppt.nsw.gov.au.

Pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Parramatta Park

A pop-up, walk-up COVID-19 testing clinic was set up at Coleman Oval in Parramatta Park on Tuesday 17 August 2021. The clinic is open 6:30am-5pm, seven days a week.

The pop-up clinic will help relieve pressure on the COVID-19 testing clinic at Westmead Hospital and was requested by NSW Health.

The clinic will be open for at least one month and could remain at the oval for up to three months.

Coleman Oval was identified as a suitable location for the clinic due to its proximity to Westmead Hospital, its size and its accessibility from external streets to minimise the impact on other areas of the park and maintain distance from other park users.

Visit NSW Health for more COVID-19 information: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 

What we are doing in response to COVID-19

Updated 20 September 2021

Safeguarding the health and safety of our visitors and staff is core to what we do at Parramatta Park. We are closely monitoring and responding to Government health advice in this rapidly changing environment and putting in place measures to protect our community during these challenging times.

From 6pm Saturday 26 June until the end of September 2021, all of Greater Sydney is subject to NSW Health restrictions and stay-at-home orders to help limit the spread of COVID-19. From 12.01am Monday 23 August, mask wearing will be mandatory when outside your home for all Greater Sydney residents, except when exercising.

Residents of Greater Sydney must stay in their Local Government Area (LGA) or within 5kms of home for essential exercise.

The NSW Government is easing COVID-19 restrictions for community members who are fully vaccinated. From 12.01am on Monday 20 September, gatherings in groups of up to five people (excluding children under 12) will be allowed in Parramatta Park only if ALL the adults are fully vaccinated. There are no time restrictions for these gatherings but they must take place in a person’s Local Government Area or within 5km of home. Proof of vaccination will need to be shown if asked by Police who will be patrolling the Parklands to enforce COVID-restrictions including gatherings, mask-wearing and social distancing. 

Under current NSW Health stay-at-home orders, visitors are only permitted to enter Parramatta Park for essential purposes (including construction). This includes for personal exercise (limited to two people, excluding members of the same household), for takeaway food and beverages, for medical care or compassionate needs and for essential work. No carpooling is permitted between non-household members.

We urge visitors to ensure they stay informed and comply with the latest NSW Health orders.

Visit our COVID-19 information and updates page for more information on:

  • Latest advice
  • Useful resources
  • Information about venue closures
  • Venue closures and changes
  • Park staff and contractors

 

Have you noticed some work going on in our park?

Updated on 9 July 2021

Our park is such a special place for many reasons, including being home to many important monuments and sites. As part of our heritage conservation program, $1M has been allocated to some maintenance work around the park.

Current work: 

  • Macquarie street Gatehouse has works in progress however limited service for coffee and take away is operating from the side yard and front yard.
  • The Dairy and Ranger’s Cottage has conservation work underway. 

 

Completed work: 

  • Wistaria Garden palisade fence work is complete. 
  • Road repair and resheeting works are complete.
  • Noller Bridge and Buttons Bridge painting is complete and both bridges are open for access.
  • Bowling green ( Rose Garden ) amenities. Fences removed and amenities are open for visitors.
  • Replaced old picnic tables.
  • Boer war memorial work is now complete and fences removed.
  • Bath House - fences removed and open for visitors .
  • Pitt Street - palisade fences repainted.
  • Rotunda had conservation work completed. 
  • Coleman Oval amenities block had maintenance work. 
  • Road line markings made. 

 

We will update this notice if there is any new maintenance work in our beautiful park.

If you have any questions please email us.

Night road works in the park

As part of the ongoing Parramatta Park road maintenance and upgrade program, road repairs will be carried out at across the Park. Some of these works will involve night work and machinery noise will occur within the Park.

From 5pm Monday 28 June until 6am Tuesday 29 June & 5pm 29 June until 6 am 30 June.

  • Park loop road and parking areas - Necessary road asphalt repair and re-sheeting works.
  • West Domain Ave - The road section along on the western boundary of the park which runs parallel to Park Ave will be re-sheeted. 

 From 6pm Wednesday 30 June until 5am Thursday 1 July.

  •  Macquarie Street gate entry and on the main Park loop road - Necessary road asphalt repair and re-sheeting. Trucks delivering materials will be entering and exiting the Park via the Macquarie Street entry during these hours. 
  • Note - This work replaces previously advised Night works for Sunday 27 June at 7pm to Monday 28 June until 5am. 

In the event of wet weather, the night works will be undertaken the following evening or rescheduled.

We appreciate your patience during these necessary repair works in the Park. 

For more information regarding the work, please contact the Parramatta Park Trust office on 9895 7500 or email us at info@ppt.nsw.gov.au

The People’s Loop Community Update

Find out how The People’s Loop is making it safer for everyone to cycle or walk around the park.

The People’s Loop will remove cars from most of the existing internal roads within the park. This means we can have wider pedestrian and bicycle lanes, making walking and cycling easier on the loop and reduces the conflict with vehicles.

Find out more. 

Special conditions in place for Symphony concerts - 22nd and 23rd January

Sydney Symphony Under the Stars in The Crescent, Parramatta Park, is a free event, however, as part of this year’s COVID Safe plan, it is ticketed and seated. Please note that both concerts are fully booked and only patrons with tickets will be allowed entry.

Parramatta Park will be pedestrian-only from 3pm until close on Friday 22 January and Saturday 23 January for Sydney Symphony Under the Stars.

Non-event vehicles will not be permitted to enter the Park after 3pm. The Park will remain open to pedestrians all day.

For more information on how to get to Parramatta Park, click here.

Check the Parramatta City Council website for the nearest parking stations

 

Murray Gardens amenities buiding

The brand new Murray Gardens toilets including accessible facilities is now open to the public. 

Sports facilities get a boost 

This autumn sees the first stages of a three-year, $3M project to improve youth sports facilities in the Park.

Thanks to a NSW Government grant, grass surfaces at the West Domain, Cattle Paddocks, Coleman Oval and Old Kings Oval are being top-dressed to improve playability and resilience.  Future plans include more grass work, irrigation systems and new cricket wickets.

The fields will remain open during this work but we advise Park visitors to be careful after wet weather. This round of works will be completed by the first week of June, weather permitting. There are no expected pathway or road closures during this time. 

 

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