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The Crescent - River Pump Repair

Planned repair and maintenance is scheduled on 9 May for a damaged river pump at The Crescent. 

Parramatta Park will be vehicle-free on this day to allow a crane to be set up on the road for the repairs. 

Pedestrians are able to continue around the area and cyclists must dismount if travelling around the works. Work at the People's Loop car park will be accommodated. 

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

 

SEVERE WEATHER EVENT April 2022 – Information and updates

A severe weather event occurring across Greater Sydney is currently impacting conditions in our Park.

Parramatta Park may be subject to increased rainfall and high winds that could cause flooding, fallen trees and hazardous conditions for visitors. These conditions are on top of the recent significant rainfall across Sydney that has impacted the regular maintenance of our lawns, garden beds and bushland areas.

The safety of our park users is paramount. Please rethink your visit to our Park during this time and check this page regularly for updates on closures.

If you are in our Park, please be aware of your surroundings and do not go near or enter flooded water bodies and cross flooded roadways. As always, our rangers are here to help so please follow their directions and take note of emergency signage. If you need assistance, please contact our dedicated ranger on 0419 122 763. Remember, if it is an emergency call 000 before calling the rangers.

Impacted park activities

A number of regular activities and bookings in our Park may be impacted by the severe weather. These include educational activities/bookings, shelter bookings, sporting and school bookings. Please contact our Visitor Services team on 02 9895 7500 to speak with a member of our team on how this may impact you.

Please note a number of our in-park tenants/venues may not be operating during this time. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

For the latest weather updates, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology.

For information relating to evacuation orders, please contact the SES on 132 500.

For emergency assistance, please call 000.

Ongoing severe weather - impacts and recovery April 2022

Recent rainfall events combined with the La Nina weather pattern is contributing to significant issues in Parramatta Park, including:

  • Excessive growth of grassed areas

  • Temporary closure of some areas 

  • Significant flooding/ponding of water

  • Whole tree failures and branch failures (big and small)

  • Waterlogging of picnic areas and wedding sites

 

Regular maintenance of the Park has been disrupted due to these impacts, as resources have been redirected to assist with flood mitigation and clean up. Other factors at play include: 

  • COVID-19 - affecting our staff and the ability to source contract labour in the landscape industry
  • Loss of working days - 59 of the last 90 days have been affected by rainfall
  • Supply chain shortages - delays on parts and materials that are unavailable due to flooding in other parts of Sydney/NSW.

What to expect

  • Sporting areas - a number of sporting areas will remain saturated until the end of April 2022, as they are reliant on natural drainage and evaporation for drying 

  • Tree removal - fallen trees will be attended to when site conditions allow us to use machinery. Priority has been to ensure fallen trees are secure and pose no risk to visitors 

  • Mowing - heights have been raised to minimise clippings and mitigate damage to the ground - some grassed areas may remain long until they dry out more

  • Continued rainfall will mean areas will take longer to service, with the focus on high-use and licensed areas at present 

  • Major upgrades and maintenance projects have been delayed and will reopen later than expected

Queens Road Gatehouse Entrance Upgrade

The Queens Road gatehouse entry will be closed to vehicles from Tuesday 19 April 2022 for approximately four weeks as the gatehouse entry undergoes planned upgrades. The upgrades are part of stage one of the People’s Loop, which will improve pedestrian and vehicular access into the Park and respond to changes being made to traffic circulation from the Parramatta Light Rail Project.

Please be aware that during this time, vehicle entry to the Park will be via the Macquarie St entrance only.

SEVERE WEATHER EVENT March 2022 – Information and updates

A severe weather event occurring across Greater Sydney is currently impacting conditions in our Park.

Parramatta Park may be subject to increased rainfall and high winds that could cause flooding, fallen trees and hazardous conditions for visitors. These conditions are on top of the recent significant rainfall across Sydney that has impacted the regular maintenance of our lawns, garden beds and bushland areas.

The safety of our park users is paramount. Please rethink your visit to our Park during this time and check this page regularly for updates on closures.

If you are in our Park, please be aware of your surroundings and do not go near or enter flooded water bodies and cross flooded roadways. As always, our rangers are here to help so please follow their directions and take note of emergency signage. If you need assistance, please contact our dedicated ranger on 0419 122 763. Remember, if it is an emergency call 000 before calling the rangers.

Impacted park activities

A number of regular activities and bookings in our Park may be impacted by the severe weather. These include educational activities/bookings, shelter bookings, sporting and school bookings. Please contact our Visitor Services team on 02 9895 7500 to speak with a member of our team on how this may impact you.

Please note a number of our in-park tenants/venues may not be operating during this time. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

For the latest weather updates, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology.

For information relating to evacuation orders, please contact the SES on 132 500.

For emergency assistance, please call 000.

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 COVID-19 testing clinic will be operating at reduced hours over the holiday period. Please check the NSW Health website for the latest opening times.

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

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 

Stage 1 works of the People's Loop

Stage one construction for the new People’s Loop at Parramatta Park has begun along the Park Avenue boundary.

The People’s Loop is an exciting and innovative plan to remove cars, initially from West Domain Avenue within Parramatta Park, creating a wider and more generous pedestrian and cycling corridor, while providing carparking close to key park facilities.

We are working closely with the City of Parramatta and Parramatta Light Rail to minimise disruptions and complete the work as quickly as possible.

What do the works involve?  

Stage one of the People’s Loop includes:

  • A new 54 space car parking area, sensitively designed into the landscape setting, in the southwest corner of the Park
  • 35 new car parking bays, located between stands of existing mature trees, along Park Avenue between the Queens Road Gatehouse and Coleman Oval
  • Upgrade to the Queens Road Gatehouse park entry
  • New park furniture and signage
  • Improved pedestrian footpaths leading into the Park from Park Avenue
  • Landscape improvements including planting 170 advanced native trees

What impact will construction have on the surrounding area?

  • The Queens Road Gatehouse vehicular entry to the Park will be closed when its upgrades are underway. When closed, there will be no vehicle access to the Park via this entrance.
  • Pedestrian access to the Park will remain open in multiple locations. Temporary detours may be required during different phases of construction and these will be clearly signposted.
  • The southbound lane of Park Avenue will temporarily close at various times throughout construction, during off peak times. Park Avenue will still have two-way traffic under the control of trained and licensed traffic controllers.

Contact:

If you wish to speak to someone about the project, please call 02 9895 7500.

For more information about the People's Loop, visit: www.parrapark.com.au/the-peoples-loop 

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.

What we are doing in response to COVID-19

Updated 2 March 2022

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 and putting in place measures to protect our community.

Restrictions have further eased in NSW, resulting in changes for visitors to Parramatta Park:

  • Outdoor gatherings – there is no limit on the number of people who can attend a gathering in our Park. Our picnic spots are open for bookings.
  • COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins are only required for music festivals with more than 1,000 people.  
  • Masks are not required in outdoor settings. Practise safe social distancing (1.5m) and wear a face mask in environments where this is not possible.

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

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