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3-4 February - Jammin Festival road closures

Parramatta Park's internal roads will be closed to vehicles from 3pm on Saturday 3 February and from 3pm Sunday 4 February due to Jammin Festival. Please plan your visit accordingly.

We ask visitors to please be mindful of contractors and machinery on site. 

See more information about the event here. 

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

25 - 26 January - City of Parramatta's Australia Day events road closure

Parramatta Park's internal roads will be closed to vehicles from 4pm on Thursday January 25 and all day on Friday January 26 for City of Parramatta's Australia Day events. Please plan your visit accordingly.

We ask visitors to please be mindful of contractors and machinery on site. 

See more information about the event here. 

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

20 January - Sydney Symphony Under the Stars road closure

Parramatta Park's internal roads will be closed to vehicles from 3pm on Saturday January 20 for Sydney Symphony Under the Stars. Please plan your visit accordingly.

We ask visitors to please be mindful of contractors and machinery on site. We ask local residents with dogs to please note this event will include a fireworks display at approximately 10:05pm.

See more information about the event here. 

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

New Years Eve - Event road closure

Parramatta Park's internal roads will be closed to vehicles on Sunday December 31 for City of Parramatta's New Years Eve event. The O'connel Street carpark will also be closed for public parking. Please plan your visit accordingly.

We ask visitors to please be mindful of contractors and machinery on site. We ask local residents with dogs to please note this event will include a fireworks display at 9pm.

See more information about the event here. 

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

18 December 2023 - Final Pesticide Use Notification Plan

Greater Sydney Parklands (GSP) has finalised the Pesticide Use Notification Plan for Parramatta Park.

GSP uses pesticides across the parklands estate to treat pests, weeds and diseases. Pesticides are used only when necessary in an effort to protect the environment and park assets, while minimising the public’s potential exposure to chemicals.

 

About pesticides

Pesticides typically used within the park are:

  • Selective and non-selective herbicides used for weed control, commonly applied by spray, injection or paint techniques, and sometimes by vehicle-mounted spray equipment.
  • Insecticides used in and around buildings and structures to control pests such as cockroaches, ants, wasps and spiders applied by spray treatment, or solid baits or powders.
  • Insecticides used to treat outbreaks of plant pests.
  • Solid rodenticides used within buildings and locked structures such as barbeques and irrigation boxes.
  • Selective pesticides for pest control on sports fields and turf areas, generally applied by vehicle mounted equipment.

 

About the Final Plan

The Final Pesticide Use Notification Plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2017 and the Pesticides Act 1999. The plan outlines when and how the community will be notified of pesticides in use across the parklands.

The Plan applies to the following areas:

  • Centennial Parklands including Moore Park and Queens Park
  • Callan Park
  • Parramatta Park including Wistaria Gardens
  • Western Sydney Parklands
  • Fernhill Estate

You can read the Final Plan in full here.

September 2023 - Archaeological test excavation - West Domain Ave

Some areas along West Domain Avenue will be fenced off from Monday 25 September - Friday 20 October for excavation works, ahead of the installation of light fittings. The light fittings are for light poles to be installed as part of the NSW Government’s Safer Cities program.

We ask visitors to please be mindful of contractors and machinery on site.

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

September - October 2023 - Coleman Oval works

Coleman Oval will be closed for works from Thursday 14 September until late October. The works will include the installation of a new synthetic cricket pitch installation and turf renovation including levelling.

We ask visitors to please be mindful of  contractors and machinery on site.

The work is the final stage of a $3 million park-wide upgrade to its sporting fields, made possible thanks to a grant from NSW Office of Sport.

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

 

August 2023 - Weed control in high use turf areas

Parramatta Park contractors will be undertaking a weed control program in high-use turf areas across Parramatta Park throughout August. Works will be conducted in the evening to minimise impacts on park visitors. Targeted weeds include Bindii, clover and broadleaf weeds. Please look out for notification signage throughout the Park.

 

Work will include:

The herbicide application will be undertaken as part of GSP’s annual turf renovation program and as per pesticide use notification plan, applying a registered chemical by appropriately trained and qualified staff. 

  

What to expect:

All work will be in accordance with Parramatta Park Trust Pesticide Use Notification Plan which is an extension of the Pesticides Act & Regulation. Signage will be in place at key entry points prior and post spraying.

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

14 - 18 August - Rumsey Rose Garden Closed

The Rumsey Rose Garden will be closed to visitors from August 14 - 18 for landscape maintenance works. These works are essential to the upkeep of the garden's paths and grass and require the space to be closed to visitors during this time.

We ask visitors to please be mindful of  contractors and machinery on site.

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

July 2023 – Old Kings Oval irrigation installation

Work to install new irrigation at Old Kings Oval will begin in July 2023 through to late September 2023.

The new irrigation system will improve the oval’s resilience to extreme weather conditions, allow for more use by junior sport players and provide a more sustainable playing surface for community sport including for home teams, Parramatta District Cricket Club and Parramatta Lions Junior AFL Club.

The work is the final stage of a $3 million park-wide upgrade to its sporting fields, made possible thanks to a grant from NSW Office of Sport.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

25 July Road closure

On Tuesday 25 July there will be road closures to accommodate maintenance works on the Parramatta Park Crescent river pump. The park's internal road will be closed to vehicles from the Queens Road gate clockwise to the Macquarie Street gate until 11am. Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to use a detour within the park. Vehicles will only be permitted to travel clockwise from the Macquarie Street entrance to the Queens Road entrance and within the Old Government House Loop. 

The Queens Road gate will be open from 6am to allow vehicles to exit the park. 

We ask visitors to please be mindful of  contractors and machinery on site.

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

6 June Road closure

on Tuesday 6 June there will be road closures to accommodate maintenance works on the Parramatta Park Crescent river pump. The park's internal road will be closed to vehicles from the Queens Road gate clockwise to the Macquarie Street gate until 11am. Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to use a detour within the park. Vehicles will only be permitted to travel clockwise from the Macquarie Street entrance to the Queens Road entrance and within the Old Government House Loop. 

The Queens Road gate will be open from 6am to allow vehicles to exit the park. 

We ask visitors to please be mindful of  contractors and machinery on site.

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

May 14 - Mother's Day Classic

On Sunday May 14 Parramatta Park will be closed to vehicles until midday for the Mother's Day Classic. Visitors are encouraged to use public transport to get to the park. Paid parking is available in the Eat Street, Parramatta Station or Justice Precinct carparks. 

Please be mindful of event participants while in the park. See more about the Mother's Day Classic here.

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

March 2023 - West Domain Carpark and Queens Road Gatehouse closures

The West Domain parking area and Queens Road Gatehouse entry will be closed to vehicles from Tuesday 14th March – Thursday 16th March while permanent gates are installed in both locations. To access the park via car, please use the Macquarie Street entrance and exit.

December 2022 - Queens Road Gatehouse entrance reopened

From 10am Friday December 23 the Queens Road Gatehouse entrance will be reopened. From this date pedestrian and vehicle access will resume during normal opening hours. Some temporary fencing and barriers will remain on site until early 2023. 

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

December 2022 - January 2023 - Conservation works at Governor Brisbane's Bathhouse

From Monday 5th of December Governor Brisbane's Bathhouse will be closed to visitors for conservation works. These works will address slumping which has created an uneven surface and improve drainage to prevent future damage to the sandstone floor. 

 

Work will include:

The conservation work entails the lifting of each flagstone to allow for repair and surface cleaning. Following this the underlying bedding will be levelled and the stones will be relayed back to their original position.

 

What to expect:
The area surrounding the Bathhouse will be fenced off for 3 - 4 weeks while the works are completed. 

 

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

October – November 2022 – Amos Street Site Compound

Temporary fencing has been installed on the southern side of the Amos Street car park, to assist in the Mays Hill Oval irrigation works. The space will remain fenced off for 2 – 4 weeks, until this stage of works is complete. Pedestrian access to adjacent buildings is still available.

 

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

October - December 2022 - Upgrade of cricket wickets

Parramatta Park contractors will be undertaking works to upgrade synthetic grass cricket wickets in the Cattle Paddock from October to mid-December. Wickets will be temporarily fenced off during these works. These works are part of the Youth Sport Upgrades project.

School sports which usually take place in this area will be temporarily relocated. 

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

August - October 2022 - Weed control in high use turf areas

Parramatta Park contractors will be undertaking a weed control program in high-use turf areas across Parramatta Park throughout August and September. Targeted weeds include Bindii, clover and broadleaf weeds. Please look out for notification signage throughout the Park.

 

Work will include:

The herbicide application will be undertaken as part of GSP’s annual turf renovation program and as per pesticide use notification plan, applying a registered chemical by appropriately trained and qualified staff. 

 

What to expect:

All work will be in accordance with Parramatta Park Trust Pesticide Use Notification Plan which is an extension of the Pesticides Act & Regulation. Signage will be in place at key entry points prior and post spraying.

Contact:

For more information please call (02) 9895 7599 or email:  [email protected]

3 July – SEVERE WEATHER EVENT

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 use caution during your visit to our Park during this time and check this page regularly for updates on closures. 

Read more

July 2022 – Mays Hill Oval and sport facility upgrades

Work begins w/c Monday 4 July to upgrade the sport fields and renew the basketball courts and cricket nets at Mays Hill.

The work will improve the sporting facilities and field at Mays Hill by increasing its resilience to extreme weather conditions and allowing more junior sport players to access the facilities throughout the week.

The field, basketball courts and practice nets will not be available to use from July through to November 2022 while work is underway. The field will remain out of use until the end of January (weather permitting) while the turf establishes.

Pitt St car park will also be unavailable during the construction period, however the Amos St car park will remain open.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Read here for more information about this project.

June 2022 – Park-wide maintenance

Throughout June, visitors will notice a number of changes across Parramatta Park as we undertake important park-wide maintenance and recovery following recent storms and flooding. 

Our ground staff are working hard to return the Park to looking its best and thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Please check this notice each week for work updates and impacted areas. Read more here

June 2022 – Park-wide maintenance

30 May – Event notice in Parramatta Park

Intensive Events Pty Ltd will be hosting Lunar Electric Music Festival at Parramatta Park on Saturday 4th June 2022 from 12pm to 10pm.

Some of Australia’s biggest artists in dance music will be performing alongside international acts to an expected audience of 10,000 people. The Festival will have local food trucks and mid-strength alcohol available.

On the event day, you can contact Intensive Events Pty Ltd’s hotline on 0434 298 375 between 12pm – 11pm if you wish to report any noise related concerns. Click here for more information.

Lunar Electric Music Festival at Parramatta Park

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 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.

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 7599.

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 7599 or email us at [email protected].

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