Western Sydney Parklands - case study
The Oxley Creek Transformation team has been studying examples of parklands and waterways across Australia to help realise our vision to transform the corridor into a green leisure and lifestyle destination.
Located in the heart of Western Sydney, the Western Sydney Parklands comprises 5280 hectares of connected green space corridor stretching 27 kilometres, from Quakers Hill in the north to Leppington in the south. The land for this green corridor was accumulated over the last 50 years by various State and local government agencies.
Their vision is to create a world class Parkland for the enjoyment of the residents of Western Sydney. The parklands have 16 precincts and 50 park areas, of which 2% are Business Hubs and 98% is dedicated to open space. They have extensive playground areas, picnic areas and BBQ facilities, an amphitheatre, walking and cycling tracks, a working city farm, a cafe, Tree Top Challenge, and also host events throughout the year to raise awareness of the parklands and their facilities as well as asking visitors for feedback on the future of the park. A zoo will be developed in the next few years.
This case study is helping Oxley Creek Transformation with ideas for our corridor, such as:
- improving biodiversity by creating a bushland corridor
- encouraging community involvement in the environmental restoration of the parklands to build a sense of community ownership
- providing a range of picnic, sport and recreation nodes that have both free and paid experiences
- improving water quality and sustainable water use
- improving connectivity by providing walking/cycling tracks along the length of the parklands
- developing business opportunities to fund maintenance and continued enhancement/protection of the parklands.
Find out more about Western Sydney Parklands by visiting their website.