How we got here
Western Sydney Parklands is a remarkable achievement, and one that has been 50 Years in the Making.
2018 marks 50 years since the Parklands corridor was first identified in Sydney’s planning documents as the Western Sydney multi-purpose greenbelt, one that would ensure access to both open space and infrastructure uses.
Consecutive NSW planning departments have worked consistently to implement the concept, which was made possible by a 40-year program by the Office of Strategic Lands, which identified and acquired the lands that compose Western Sydney Parklands.
The Western Sydney Parklands Trust was established in 2008 to develop and manage the lands.
The Parklands is a significant part of the Sydney Green Grid, a web of connected open spaces across the city, providing. the recreational and leisure needs of this expanding region for today, and for future generations
In 2018 Western Sydney Parklands stands at more than 5,200 hectares. To put this into perspective, this is 14-times bigger than the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Domain, Centennial Park and Moore Park, combined.
It is the largest urban park in Australia and one of the largest in the world. It spans a massive 27 kilometres from its most northern point in Quakers Hill, to the Southern Parklands in and around West Hoxton in the south.
More than 3.5 million people visit the Parklands and its range of attractions each year.
Today, it is home to award winning picnic and recreation areas, sports fields and conservation precincts. There are more than 60 kilometres of walking and cycling paths.
It is also home to local and national attractions, such as Sydney’s International Equestrian Centre, Sydney Motorsport Park and Wet‘n’Wild water park.
It is a home for urban farmers, forming a crucial part of Sydney’s foodbowl.
The Parklands is also an increasingly significant venue for major social, cultural, environmental and entertainment activities, events and programs
It really is “Sydney’s Biggest Backyard”.