The People's Loop - One step closer
Parramatta Park Trust (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.
In consultation with the community, in 2015 we prepared a masterplan for The Paddocks Precinct which proposed a new playground, new picnic and BBQ facilities, amenities buildings, pedestrian paths and bridges, restoration and adaptive reuse of the Queens Road Gatehouse, carparking and landscaping. Many of these new park facilities have been delivered since the masterplan was complete.
At the same time, we prepared a park wide strategy The People’s Loop which is a long-term vision for Parramatta Park that proposes to remove 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. This strategy was formed as a response to the Trust’s recognition of the growing problem of conflict between different modes of transport used within the park – cars, bicycles and pedestrians.
Feedback from the community consultation and last year’s successful two-month ‘People’s Loop’ trial indicate that there is widespread community support for these improvements to the Park, which address the need to upgrade facilities as the population density of the region increases and the Park plays a greater role within the community.
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.
What is proposed
The proposed People’s Loop will remove cars from much of the existing internal road within Parramatta Park. This frees up the internal road for wider pedestrian 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 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 objective 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.
View a larger size or download the plan here.
Archaeological excavation works are underway from the northern end of Queens Road Gatehouse to Coleman Oval. Stage One construction works will commence on 26 July and are expected to be completed in late 2021.
As the next stage of implementing the Paddocks Masterplan and to support the long-term vision of the removal of vehicles and carparking spaces on the loop road in West Domain in the Park, new carefully considered carparking and associated landscaping is being constructed off Park Avenue.
The scheme has been designed in coordination with our landscape architects and heritage consultants to ensure there is a balance between respecting the site’s heritage and landscape setting and upgrading existing and providing new facilities to meet our visitors needed. These works were approved by Heritage NSW in 2016.
Sensitive landscaping will tie the works into the landscape of the Paddocks Precinct and to act as screening in certain locations, such as the southern carpark.
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.
A total of $2.5M is being invested into Parramatta Park for the current works, which include:
- Archaeological excavation works
- A new car park accessed off Park Avenue adjacent to the railway line. This carpark is made up of 86 parking spaces and has been sensitively designed into the landscape setting, set back from Park Avenue with a landscape buffer, and retains existing significant trees. The carpark consists of a looped asphalt drive and decomposed granite carparking bays like elsewhere in the Park. The carpark will include a number of connecting paths and new tree.
- New car parking bays for park users accessed from Park Avenue, between Queens Road Gatehouse and Coleman Oval. A total of 44 parking spaces will be located between stands of existing mature trees. The layout will be like the existing council carpark located further south on Park Avenue.
- An upgrade to the Queens Road Gatehouse entry to improve pedestrian and vehicular access into the Park and respond to changes being made to traffic circulation from the Parramatta Light Rail Project.
- New park furniture and signage.
- Improved pedestrian footpaths leading into the Park from Park Avenue.
- The removal of approximately 60 trees. Most existing trees across the site will be retained and protected, preserving the continuous band of trees along Park Avenue and ensuring space is afforded to significant trees such as the Moreton Bay Fig in the southern carpark. All existing trees will be carefully protected during the works and an arborist will be engaged to manage tree protection and advise on ongoing tree management
- Landscape improvements including planting of 120 advanced native trees, installation of new turf areas and establishment of new garden beds at the Queens Road Gatehouse Entry.
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Information and design options, download our Access and Circulation Community Consultation Boards.