NORTH ROCKS

To-do list is costly

Masterplan outlines new facilities

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Resident Darryn Capes-Davis, Cr Andrew Jefferies and daughters Olivia and Caitlin with dog Harry at John Wearn Reserve.

MORE than $40 million is required to upgrade parks and reserves at North Rocks and build a new library — but funding is proving elusive for Parramatta Council.

Plans for the area are now on public exhibition.

Playgrounds, park upgrades, cycleways and community centres are among a raft of projects earmarked for overhaul, though the area only has $2.5 million in funding from the state’s Stronger Community Fund.

This allocation follows the area’s boundary change from The Hills to Parramatta Council. The remainder comes from federal and state grants.

The council received 171 ideas and 37 projects were selected for implementation as part of the masterplan last year. Must-have items for residents included more parking spaces, public toilets and a Carlingford library.

The masterplan outlines $20 million of works at North Rocks Park, including outdoor fitness equipment and walking paths.

More than $3.5 million would be spent at John Wearn Reserve on upgrades, including introducing an offleash dog area with pick-up bags and water bowls.

Parramatta Liberal councillor Andrew Jefferies suggested selling the existing Carlingford library and using funds from the sale towards the upgrade of Don Moore Community Centre, where the new library could be placed.

“The masterplan provides an excellent, long-term vision for both North Rocks Park and John Wearn Reserve — two of our most popular and well-used local parks,” Cr Jefferies said.

“While both parks have received various, ad-hoc upgrades over the last two decades, the masterplan allows council to provide incremental improvements and upgrades in line with the views and expectations of our ever-growing local sports clubs and residents.”

The masterplan is on exhibition until August 24.