Park trial to test impact on CBD

A TRIAL park is coming to Penrith at the corner of High and Henry streets.

Movable trees, picnic tables and seats will be temporarily installed, at a date to be decided, at the junction of the streets.

The idea is to create a space in Penrith CBD for leisure activities, including al fresco dining.

“This alternative of a trial park minimises disruption while energising business and the community,” a Penrith Council spokeswoman said.

“A permanent park of this scale would generally involve a detailed design, public tender and construction program that could delay the park for more than a year and would also disrupt businesses.”

Penrith Council decided on a trial to assess such a park’s impact on the community and local businesses.

The proposal forms a section of the Penrith Masterplan, which the council has been working on with urban planners and urban consultancy Place Partners.

Former Penrith mayor Mark Davies, who handed over to Ross Fowler this week, said it was important that business and the community work together to draw more people to the heart of the CBD.

“The initiative will activate a fun and interactive gateway park for residents, visitors and workers in Penrith’s CBD,” Cr Davies said.

“It will shape a culturally stimulating civic centre urban environment supporting a night time economy, business opportunities and new investment.”

Penrith CBD Corporation chief executive Gai Hawthorn agreed.

“Having business in the CBD involved not only from the initial concept, but being included in the value for their local business, once again shows us working in collaboration with key stakeholders to ensure Penrith’s future growth,” Mrs Hawthorn said.

The park trial runs for 12 months to test its effect on retail businesses.

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