Have your say on Camden's future parks and playgrounds

Ready to play: Hayley Edwards, 16, and her mother Jody with mayor Theresa Fedeli are all happy with the new inclusive facilities at Curry Reserve. Picture: Simon Bennett
Ready to play: Hayley Edwards, 16, and her mother Jody with mayor Theresa Fedeli are all happy with the new inclusive facilities at Curry Reserve. Picture: Simon Bennett

Does your suburb need a new park or playground?

Residents can now have their say on Camden's needs for open space, recreation spaces and community facilities with the council's Spaces and Places Strategy now on exhibition.

The document aims to provide a strategic framework and action plan to support the delivery of parks, playgrounds and community facilities to meet the needs of current and future populations.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said it was important to hear from the community as the area continues to grow.

"As Camden grows the need for more open space and facilities increases while putting pressure on existing social infrastructure and it is pivotal to address these challenges with the input of the community," Cr Fedeli said.

"The strategy will assist council in identifying gaps, project future demands and needs for facilities and establishing benchmarks.

"I encourage the community to spread the word and have their say on the strategy and look forward to hearing your opinions."

This comes after Curry Reserve Water Play Space was crowned the country's 'Park of the Year' at the 2020 Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence.

The Elderslie water play space, which opened in September last year, is home to the Macarthur region's area's first fully accessible and accredited public toilet and adult change facility.

Recommendations in the the council's Spaces and Places Strategy include:

  • Identifying gaps in the provision of open space, recreation spaces and community facilities;
  • Projecting the future demands and need for such facilities, considering the projected population growth;
  • Establishing best practice benchmarks and agreed definition of terms;
  • Providing an action plan and priorities to meet the needs of the current and future population of the Camden area;
  • Informing future capital works improvement plans; and
  • Informing and guiding social infrastructure planning for future urban development in the Camden.

The Spaces and Places Strategy is on public exhibition until Wednesday, October 28.

It can be viewed at camden.nsw.gov.au by searching 'Matters on Exhibition'.