New pop-up park for Wentworth point
Close to $1M is set to be invested in establishing and maintaining a new riverside pop-up park for residents of Wentworth Point, with developer, Sekisui House committing part of its Sanctuary project site for a fully-funded public recreation area.
Located on Hill Road on the edge of Parramatta River, The Wentworth Point Pop-up Park will be the first new dedicated green space to be created for residents in the suburb in years. It will address the notable lack of available green space for all Wentworth Point residents in the suburb.
While officially temporary, the park will be established on a riverfront area of the site that Sekisui House will not need to redevelop within the next five years – after which, approximately 30,000sqm of fresh open green space will have been established and opened for free use by Wentworth Point residents and visitors.
Works will commence this month to ensure the park officially opens on 6 April, in time for the Easter school holidays. Sekisui House has partnered with Sydney horticulturalists, Trees Impact to secure a variety of mature native and other trees and plants for the park, creating a multipurpose public space that will be useable from day one.
A picnic setting, dog owner facilities, bike racks and repair station, sandstone-block seating, extensive landscaping and 2,500sqm of open green space are being built into the park.
Sekisui House Australia project director, Edward Natour said the new pop-up park will be a taste of parks to come for Wentworth Point residents.
“When Sanctuary is completed, more than 27 per cent of the site will be dedicated to public green space. That’s approximately six football fields’ worth of new public parkland on the doorstep of every single Wentworth Point resident.
“The lack of parks and park facilities has been a sore point for people living here for a long time. We’re trying to play a part in addressing that in the short term, while we work toward our much larger longer-term goals for Sanctuary.
“By creating this public park, and starting the process of unlocking this section of the Parramatta River foreshore for more multi-purpose public use, we hope to be able to convert what was only a few short months ago a run-down industrial site into a space our neighbours can be proud of,” Edward said.