The City of Parramatta is moving forward with plans to transform the Parramatta City River Foreshore and bring to life the vision for Parramatta as Sydney’s Central River City.
Revitalisation of Parramatta Quay is being realised through several landmark projects, including the:
- Parramatta Ferry Wharf upgrade (completed 2019)
- Escarpment Boardwalk (completed April 2021)
- Charles Street Square upgrade (construction February 2022)
Other River Foreshore projects include:
Old King’s Foreshore
The Old King's Foreshore is a culturally significant stretch of the river foreshore and a high-traffic pedestrian corridor linking key destinations including the Parramatta CBD and CommBank Stadium.
Beginning early May 2022, new LED lighting will be installed along the pathway to ensure safe shared use by pedestrians and bike riders. See Current Projects (below) for more information.
As part of a Voluntary Planning Agreement between City of Parramatta and the developers of 12-14 Phillip Street, the foreshore area on the south-side of the Parramatta River is being renewed. The project includes a range of improvements to the public domain between Church Street and Marsden Street. See Current Projects for more information.
Parramatta City River Strategy(Back to top)
Endorsed by Council in 2015, the Parramatta City River Strategy is a comprehensive plan to transform the City River Foreshore into a vibrant public space that connects to the city, celebrates the history and culture of the Parramatta River, and is resilient to flooding.
The Parramatta City River Strategy provides a framework for the City of Parramatta’s program of public domain works along the river foreshore.
Located at the head of the harbour, Parramatta Quay is the river entry point to our City.
As the western counterpart to Circular Quay, it is the terminus to a historic harbour journey.
Current projects(Back to top)
Charles Street Square upgrade
Charles Street Square at Parramatta Quay has been a gathering place for locals and visitors for thousands of years – and now with funding support from the NSW Government via the Transport Access and NSW Public Spaces Legacy Progam - it’s getting a major upgrade.
A critical project for Council, the area adjacent to the new Parramatta Ferry Wharf will be transformed into a vibrant public space, an accessible entry point to our City that celebrates the Parramatta River. Construction on the $10M+ project is expected to be completed by February 2023.
For full details on this project see Participate Parramatta Charles Street Square
Old King’s Foreshore
The City of Parramatta, with funding support from the NSW Government under the Greater Sydney Crown Lands Open Space Activation Program, is installing new lighting along the shared pathway along the river foreshore between O’Connell Street & Marsden Street.
Twenty (20) new LED light poles will be installed along the existing pathway adjacent to the Old King's Parade Ground. Work is expected to be completed by the end of July 2022.
The foreshore path will be open to pedestrians and bike riders throughout the installation program. However, temporary construction fencing will be erected around the works areas and detours on to grassed areas may be required at times.
There may also be some temporary reductions in the width of the shared path during the installation program.
Project information, including the lighting design, details around community consultation, the Review of Environmental Factors, and frequently asked questions, can be found on Participate Parramatta.
As part of a Voluntary Planning Agreement between City of Parramatta and the developers of 12-14 Phillip Street, the foreshore area on the south-side of the Parramatta River is being renewed.
The project includes a range of public domain improvements between Church Street and Marsden Street including new pedestrian access via the Lennox Bridge and new stairs within the development linking to Church Street and Marsden Street.
A new boardwalk will extend to the west providing more access to the foreshore area with outlook towards the Marsden Street Weir. In addition to repairing the sea wall, new paving and balustrades will be introduced. Upgrades to lighting, seating, and new tree planting will also contribute to making the area more welcoming and attractive.