Putney Park Beach Now Open!

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A new seawall and stairs have been constructed at Putney Park as part of the Parramatta River Masterplan which sets out to make Parramatta River swimmable again by 2025. Through extensive community consultation and endorsement from Council, Putney Park was chosen as one of three future swimming sites.

The stairs and wall aim to enhance the amenity of the park, provide new recreation opportunities for the community and progress towards future swimmability of the site. The completed works are also part of Councils efforts to preserve the natural environment and cost $575,000.

You’ll find the seawall and stairs, as well as Putney Water Park and a beautiful grassy area for picnics on Pelissier Road Putney. The site has plenty of parking and toilets too.

While the steps at Putney Park are open to the public, swimming is currently prohibited at the site while water quality is being assessed.

Councillor Penny Pedersen, the Vice Chair of the Parramatta River Catchment Group, has been working tirelessly to bring this activation to life and recognises it as an important milestone in the Parramatta River Masterplan for creating a place to rest, to meet and a possible swim site for the future. The Masterplan also encourages sediment control, reducing stormwater run-off, improving overflows and maintaining the overall health of the river.

While there is still work to do in terms of improving water quality in the area such as water testing and other infrastructure at Putney and Bedlam Bay before swimming is recommended, the river is getting healthier – according to the dolphins and the seal who regularly visit now!