Sydney's Largest Playground Is Here!
By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist
You just HAVE to check out the brand new, $15 million Bungarribee park, which takes the cake for largest recreational parkland in Sydney!
Bungarribbe officially opened yesterday, Wednesday 22 March 2017, ahead of its free Saturday community day where the local residents will celebrate its exciting arrival. Now considered the largest park in town, Bicentennial park in Homebush has been knocked down to number 2 on the ladder.
Sure To Be A Hit With Local Families
The park is 200 hectares, located within 5,280 hectares of the Western Sydney Parklands, according to the Blacktown Advocate. Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton told the Blacktown Advocate: “Generation after generation of families will use this park’s playground, barbeques and open space to create memories that will last a lifetime…It is a vital green corridor for the health and wellbeing of all these people [Western Sydney’s 0.5 million residents] and the environment.”
Executive Director of Western Sydney Parklands and Parramatta Park Trusts Suellen Fitzgerald said: “We’re excited to officially unveil Bungarribee Park, the largest expansion of recreational facilities in Western Sydney since the construction of Bicentennial Park at Homebush.” The park is said to be an extensive oasis of natural green, open spaces with plenty to explore, perfect for all kinds of recreational activities.
Four Years In-The-Making
This grand park was 4 years in-the-making, and boasts a range of ultra-modern playground features including a whopping 50 metre long flying fox which children are sure to utterly adore, a 14 metre tall climbing tower, slides, giant swings, balance beams, water play (YAY!) 20 BBQs, 13 picnic shelters, sealed walking and cycling tracks, toilet facilities, more car-parking spaces, and an off-leash dog area for every member of the family to enjoy! The Cumberland Plain which houses plenty of native flora was compromised for the sake of this park, however “20 hectares of native wildflower and thousands of native trees will be planted” in its place, according to the Blacktown Advocate.
We are expecting plenty of families to spend big days at the park- it’s fully equipped for a full day of fun, a birthday party, picnic, or even to cool off on a hot day (did we mention there’s water play?!). See you there!
Be one of the first families to enjoy Bungarribee Park this Saturday 25 April with Brunch at Bungarribee – a FREE family-friendly event. There will be a range of fun activities for all ages on offer including watching live drone footage, listening to a roving New Orleans band, meet local sporting identities, hear talks by Indigenous elders, park rangers and designers and get the kids active with fun, free games and entertainment. Keepers from Sydney Zoo will also be on site to introduce some of their animals!