Older suburbs to get updated parks

Play time: Camden Council's new park projects, like Birriwa Reserve, Mount Annan, have proven to be popular amoungst locals. Picture: Anna Warr
Play time: Camden Council's new park projects, like Birriwa Reserve, Mount Annan, have proven to be popular amoungst locals. Picture: Anna Warr

Residents in Camden’s older suburbs will soon be able to enjoy updated parks and playgrounds.

Camden Council allocated $500,000 to the refurbishment and redevelopment of the facilities and amenities at six reserves across the region at last night’s council meeting.

The works will be completed at Manna Gum Reserve in Narallan Vale, Flinders Reserve in Camden South, Lawson Reserve in Camden South, Liquidamber Reserve in Narellan Vale, Catherine Fields Reserve in Catherine Fields and Rotary Reserve in Camden South.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said the parks were chosen to improve their value and their appeal to the community.

“I’ve made it clear that a priority of this council will be an investment into sport and recreation facilities,” she said.

“Council cares about renewing and reinvigorating public spaces in older parts of our local government area and this project certainly proves this.

“Whilst we have many new residents in new suburbs moving in, I’m delighted this project focuses on upgrading assets in our older areas.”

Cr Symkowiak said she was aware that many other parks were in need of an upgrade as well.

“They can’t all be done at once, this list is certainly a very good start with the budget we have,” she said.

“We want to be sure that our neighbourhood parks and recreational spaces offer the local communities quality facilities and a place to interact, exercise and relax.”

The update works include:

  • Manna Gum Reserve, Narallan Vale - playground upgrade and landscaping;
  • Flinders Reserve, Camden South – playground upgrade and landscaping
  • Lawson Reserve, Camden South – playground upgrade and landscaping
  • Liquidamber Reserve, Narellan Vale - playground improvements and carpark extension
  • Catherine Fields Reserve, Catherine Fields – one tennis court will be converted to a multi-purpose court and the remaining tennis court will be refurbished
  • Rotary Reserve, Camden South - toilet block will be removed and some landscaping completed

These works will be completed along with improvement works at a further eight playgrounds in the 2017/18 budget.