The revitalisation of Tench Reserve at the Nepean River continues with the announcement of a new $10 million open space park to be developed and delivered by the NSW Government in partnership with Penrith City Council, key stakeholders and our local community.

This project is being funded through the Department of Primary Industry and Environment’s Parks for People Program which aims to improve communities’ access to high quality open space areas and increase green cover.

The community's input during the first two rounds of engagement is helping to shape the future park.


The fourth step in the consultation process for this project will provide the community with an opportunity to take a detailed look at the final plan for the Tench Reserve upgrade. Online information sessions will illustrate the key features of the plan and highlight the important role the community has played in shaping the design. Keep up to date with consultation for this project here.


In 2013 Penrith City Council commissioned the Our River Masterplan which was developed with the community and outlined a shared vision and a strategic framework to celebrate, activate and protect the City’s favourite natural asset - the Nepean River.

Community engagement over the past 12 years has continually highlighted the Nepean River as a key part of Penrith’s sense of place, with the most recent engagement showing that open spaces and recreation areas are more important than ever before.

This year has seen the delivery of multiple projects integral to Council’s Our River Masterplan and Council’s commitment to protect and celebrate the Nepean River and better connect the community and residents to this spectacular natural resource. 

In Tench Reserve, Council has constructed a shared pathway between Jamison Road and the M4 overpass, along with new accessible parkland paths as well as two new waters-edge decks. These new elements offer a wide range of leisure and recreation opportunities.

This upgrade combined with the other recent improvements at Tench Reserve will help position the Nepean River and Penrith as a leading destination for recreation, leisure and nature in western Sydney.

The overall timeline for this project is:

  • concept design: early 2021
  • construction starts: mid 2021
  • parks completion: early 2022.



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