Parramatta River Swimming Spot to Reopen after 50 Years
Swimmers at the ready—the Parramatta River at Bayview Park in Concord has reopened its waters to the public, for the first time in five decades!
The glorious swimming spot has been long-held as a gem of the area since the 1930s. The Parramatta River Catchment Group's chair Mark Drury says that the project “is opening up the Parramatta River and improving liveability for the community.” Cheers to that, Mark!
Here’s what you need to know.
The Journey to Reopening
After Bayview Park was closed down for swimming in 1969, councils have been working with Sydney Water and the Parramatta River Catchment Group to help rejuvenate the river. Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said Sydney Water and the City of Canada Bay have tested the water and sediment at Bayview Park in recent years and it has been deemed safe for swimming.
Following a whopping $700,000 redevelopment, this portion of the river will now feature a swimming safety net, an outdoor shower, and open picnic spaces—which in our book will make it a great destination for a family day out in Sydney.
The Greater Plan
The Parramatta River Catchment Group aims to make the Parramatta River swimmable by 2025, and the reopening of Bayview Park swimming area next month will follow that of other Parramatta River swimming spots including Chiswick Baths and Cabaret Park Beach.
If you’re planning on swimming at Bayview Park, you can check daily water quality updates through the catchment group’s Our Living River website.
Happy swimming, folks! We can't wait for a dip ourselves.
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