Improving Access and Circulation - The People's Loop
Parramatta Park Trust is committed to taking care of and celebrating the Park’s natural and cultural heritage, increasing community participation in the Park, and managing the Park in a sustainable way.
The People’s Loop is a long-term vision for Parramatta Park that helps us achieve these objectives by removing the majority of vehicles from within the core of the Park, to provide more space for people to safely walk and cycle, and reduce conflict between different modes of transport.
The project will be realised over a number of years as funding becomes available and will provide a better experience for park users of this world heritage significant place.
Stage 1 works
To support the long-term vision of the removal of vehicles and carparking spaces on the loop road in West Domain, new carparking is being constructed off Park Avenue. These works follow last year’s successful two-month ‘People’s Loop’ trial, where a car free experience of this part of the Park was very popular with park users.
As part of this project we will be carrying out archaeological excavation works to better understand this part of the park. These excavations will be carried out in consultation with our Aboriginal community and stakeholders
$2.5M is being invested into Parramatta Park for the Stage 1 works, which include:
- Archaeological excavation works
- A new car park off Park Avenue near the railway line
- New car parking bays for park users along Park Avenue, between Queens Road Gatehouse and Coleman Oval
- Upgrades to the Queens Road Gatehouse entry to improve vehicular access into the Park
- New park furniture and signage
- Landscape improvements including native tree planting
Construction has now commenced and is expected to be completed in late 2021.
In June 2015, Parramatta Park Trust consulted with the community on stage two of the $8.7 million ‘The Paddocks Precinct’ improvements, including the next stage of the playground, restoration and expansion of the Queens Road Gatehouse and additional Park facilities including new toilets and shelters.
Feedback from this community consultation and others held by the Trust indicated that the community supported improvements to the Park, identifying the need to upgrade facilities as the population density of the region increases and the Park plays a greater role within the community.
The Trust recognised the growing problem of conflict between the different modes of transport used within the Park – cars, bicycles and pedestrians. The Trust identified three elements exacerbating the conflicts between these Park users:
- the Park is experiencing increase visitation growth which will increase over time as a result of new residential and employment development in Parramatta and the region;
- existing path and road infrastructure is not suitable for a diversity of users; and
- the speed of cars and bicycles increases risk to all Park users.
The Trust reviewed how to make walking and cycling safer by changing the way cars move and park in Parramatta Park. In order to respond to the challenges the Park faces both now and in the future, a transport study was conducted, testing numerous design options for improving circulation within the Park, called The People’s Loop.
The Trust researched how visitors accessed and moved within the Park. It was discovered that on weekends over a quarter of the cars entering the Park are driving through on their way to another destination outside the Park.
The proposed People’s Loop will remove cars from the majority of the existing internal road within Parramatta Park. This frees up the internal road for wider pedestrians and bicycle lanes making walking and cycling easier on the loop and reduces the conflict with the different modes. This will mean more people, families and children can cycle or walk safely for fun or fitness.
It is proposed that car parking will be located in hubs around the Park to allow access to key destinations. The car parking hubs will reduce conflicts with the various Park users. There will be no net reduction in car parking numbers available in the Park. The People’s Loop will also remove the ‘rat run’ between the Parramatta CBD and Westmead.
The main objectives of this proposal is to:
- increase Park safety by minimising conflict between differing modes of transport;
- provide a dedicated and safe, car-free, pedestrian and cycling loop;
- preserve and enhance the heritage and amenity of the Park; and
- accommodate increasing visitation to the Park.
Information and design options, download our Access and Circulation Community Consultation Boards.