Great new park designed with a little help from the people

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Marlena, Bentley and Sienna Wilberforce at the Willowdale park opening.
It’s just wonderful: Marlena, Bentley and Sienna Wilberforce at the Willowdale park opening.

More than 1,000 people turned out for a party last Sunday to mark the official opening of a new regional park at Stockland’s Willowdale housing estate at Denham Court.

Youngsters tried their hand at rock climbing and golf putting and tested out the bicycle challenge area that is part of the park on Baden Powell Avenue.

Campbelltown Mayor Cr George Brticevic officially opened the six acre Willowdale Park, which is set to become a must visit destination for families across Sydney’s south west region.

A 40-metre flying fox, water play area, cubby house and slides sit among large areas of lawn with picnic shelters, barbecue facilities, a terraced amphitheatre and a kick-about areas for ball sports.

Gavin Tonnet, the general manager of NSW residential communities at Stockland, said Willowdale residents had helped design the new park through a survey conducted in January 2014.

“It was Stockland’s very first Stockland Exchange survey and 75 future and potential Willowdale residents took part and told us what features and amenities they would really like to see in this park,” Mr Tonnet said.

“We listened to them and we designed a park that includes the features they most wanted. It is also a park that reflects the family friendly nature of this vibrant and growing community.”

Cr Brticevic said he was pleased to see the plan for a regional park at Willowdale come to fruition.

“South west Sydney is facing unprecedented growth in the next two decades, with the Campbelltown Local Government Area alone expected to grow from a city of almost 160,000 residents today, to around 270,000 by 2036,” Cr Brticevic said.

[social_quote duplicate=”no” align=”default”]“It is extremely important that we ensure our city develops in a way that provides our community with a balance between housing and recreational space, and remains an attractive place to live.[/social_quote]

“I congratulate Stockland on working towards getting that balance just right, and for partnering with the community to shape the design and features of the new park, incorporating their ideas for a flying fox, swings, water play area and a place for riders of all ages to enjoy their bikes.

“Willowdale residents of today and into the future now have a wonderful community facility right on their doorstep, and the broader Campbelltown and Macarthur community also has access to a new recreational space that will no doubt be welcomed by all.”

Jacob Pennell with youngsters Makayla and Aaliyah.

Willowdale is one of the most popular communities for homebuyers in Sydney. More than 1,600 residents are now living in the community that, when complete, will be home to more than 3,000 families.

The Green Building Council of Australia has awarded Willowdale with a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating, recognising world leadership across a wide range of environmental, economic and social sustainability measures.

Willowdale is also home to the innovative community hub Willowdale Community Place, housed in one of the most sustainable project homes built in Australia and from where Camden Community Connections runs a calendar of events, activities, classes and workshops.

Willowdale is at Denham Court in the East Leppington growth precinct, close to the nearby Leppington train station and the M5 and M7 motorways.

Coles will build the Willowdale Shopping Centre, with a supermarket, Liquorland, bakery, delicatessen and up to 12 specialty stores, and a state primary school and child care centre are proposed for the community.

Buyers can register their interest in Willowdale at the Sales and Information Centre on Willowdale Drive (entry off Camden Valley Way), online here or by calling 13 LAND (13 5263).

They can also follow the community on Facebook here.

Ava Vocisano, Luca Mineo and Isabella Vocisano having fun last Sunday.

Ava Vocisano, Luca Mineo and Isabella Vocisano having fun last Sunday.







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