State’s largest public play space opens

Minister Graham Annesley and Chairman Michael Knight outside the tree house
               Photo: Paul K Robbins

04 Jun 2012

Photo: Paul K Robbins

New South Wales' largest public play space was officially opened today, 1 June, at Sydney Olympic Park by Graham Annesley, the NSW Minister for Sports and Recreation.

Elevated with views over the Parramatta River, Blaxland Riverside Park play space spreads over 3 hectares and offers 12 unique and creative play environments, including a double flying fox, a giant swing, tunnel slides, climbing wall, spinning disk and a viking swing.

The final stage of the project, opened today, adds a huge multi-level tree house, sandplay and the largest waterplay experience in the State. Additional amenities including a kiosk, more than 130 additional car spaces and new picnic tables, shade structures and public amenities were also opened.

The popularity of the park is unrivalled and only expected to grow as current daily visits on a busy weekend exceeds 4,500 and the predicted annual visitation to the site is anticipated to surpass 580,000 visits.

The 7 million dollar project managed by Sydney Olympic Park Authority provides critical social infrastructure for Western Sydney and a place for people to become better connected to family and friends.

The play space also strengthens communities by encouraging participation in recreation and a healthy, active lifestyle across generations. 

Blaxland Riverside Park is a major public park within Sydney Olympic Park. It is an addition to the Park’s already successful Bicentennial Park, Wentworth Common, varied natural features and the 35 kms of walk ways and cycle ways.

For more information, please read the Blaxland Riverside Park Fact Sheet and the Minister Graham Annesley's press release.