Placemaking Projects

Proposed works to Fire Horse Lane, Parramatta

The City of Parramatta Council propose to upgrade and convert Fire Horse Lane into a new two-way shared zone to improve pedestrian safety and reduce vehicular speeds.

Proposed works will include:

  • Removal of existing kerb and gutter.
  • Removal of asphalt road pavement and replacement with flush cobblestone pavement. 
  • Installation of improved architectural light poles with functional and decorative laneway lighting to increase night-time safety.
  • Introduction of traffic calming devices such as precast concrete benches and transplanted palm trees to reduce vehicular speeds.
  • Introduction of No Left Turn restriction from Fitzwilliam Street into Fire Horse Lane for vehicles over 6m in height.

For more details, see the Fire Horse Lane Landscape concept plan.

Erby Pocket Park

The public open space at the corner of Erby Place and Phillip Street in the City’s popular Eat Street precinct was upgraded to provide a more relaxed urban refuge for workers and restaurant goers.

The shaded open space, known as Erby Place Pocket Park, adjoins the 'Eat Street' car park and is a high traffic area for pedestrians and vehicles accessing the car park and nearby restaurants.

The Erby Place pocket park upgrade included high quality granite paving, new plantings, publically available power points, landscaping and new floral plantings, and improved seating and drainage, and connectivity with adjacent retail activation. New power outlets will also be installed to allow workers to recharge their phones and laptops. The popular, established jacaranda trees were retained as part of the upgrades and are lit with bud-lighting.

The space is now more open and inviting, enhancing the amenity of the area and ensuring its continued use as a popular thoroughfare and city centre refuge for workers and visitors.

Imagine Ermington

Imagine Ermington was an exciting community engagement pilot implemented by City of Parramatta Council to collect data and inform a more intimate understanding and connection with the community of Ermington. This level of detail would also helps Council prioritise service delivery and capital upgrades for Ermington.

Council developed an innovative and participative online engagement tool intended to be inclusive and engage with a broader demographic, guided by a more new, modern, participative, engaging and intensive approach to community consultation. Some of the best ideas put forward as part of City of Parramatta’s Imagine Ermington initiative became a reality, including a new ‘Market by the River’, upgrades at Ermington Shops, and a new community garden.

For more information, see the Imagine our place website.

Carmen Drive Reserve and Shop Frontage Upgrade

Construction has commenced. The project includes upgrades to the streetscape, amenities block, fenced playground, and additional parking for customers.

For more details, see the Carmen Drive Reserve concept plan.

The Chisholm Centre

Stairs are now complete; a concept for the upgrade to the shops has now been developed.

Round two of community consultation occurred in September 2019. The concept proposes an upgrade to the streetscape, bike racks, street library, street furniture, and new access ramp.

Community consultation for the Chisholm Centre

John Wearn Reserve, Carlingford

Currently under construction as part of the North Rocks Park Precinct Masterplan.

Thanks to $5.2 million from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund, the 2.4 hectare park will host a new and improved playground, dog park, carpark, amenities block, skate park, fitness station, barbecue facilities, multi-use sport court, picnic shelters, and a new stage with amphitheater seating.

The upgrade is expected to be complete by February 2020.

For more details, see the John Wearn Reserve concept plan.

Ventura Road Shops, Northmead

Construction is due to commence in January 2020.

The scope of works is centered around improving access from the adjoining reserve to the shops, streetscape works, and improved garden beds.

For more details, see the Ventura Road Shops concept plan.

Casuarina Park Landscape Works, Winston Hills

This project was completed in December 2018.  

The works included a new garden bed along the building line, mature feature trees, three new seats, an irrigation system, and new turf.

Casuarina Park concept image