Throw on your khakis and get ready for a spot of wildlife watching at John Wearn Reserve in Carlingford with the newly upgraded park's exciting safari-themed playground. The playground – which is decorated with an assortment of animal statues, including an elephant, zebra, monkey and lion – is part of a $5.2 million refurbishment of the park.
The Reserve upgrade also features a dog park, amenities block, carpark, skate park, fitness station, multi-use court, barbecue facilities, and picnic shelters. A stage with amphitheatre seating is in the final phase of construction.
“I am delighted that our community will be able to enjoy the fantastic new facilities at John Wearn Reserve,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.
“More people than ever are using parks for recreation and physical activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our community, particularly Carlingford and North Rocks residents, are very excited to see this fantastic new facility open.
“Council has undergone extensive consultation to ensure the upgrades meet the current and future needs of our diverse and growing community. The revamped John Wearn Reserve is a space everyone can be proud of.“
These major renovations were completed as part of the City of Parramatta’s North Rocks Park Precinct Masterplan and were co-funded by Council and a NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund grant.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said that the upgrades would help create a more vibrant and inclusive local community.
“Public spaces have always been important to community health, wellbeing and prosperity, and the new and improved upgrades to John Wearn Reserve will deliver a vibrant revitalised space for recreation, leisure, and physical activity in the Carlingford and North Rocks communities,” Mr Elliott said.