Residents, students and workers of Kingswood are being encouraged to walk along Penrith City Council’s new 1.2km walking grid – The Live, Work, Play Grid – and discover exciting new temporary elements and experiences along the way.
The walking loop starts from Wainwright Park in Kingswood and features low cost and high impact interventions such as pilots, pop-ups, short-term treatments and semi-permanent changes that have been designed to support walkability and activation in the area.
The interventions used seek to improve walkable access to, and the amenity of, public space, and the project’s outcomes will be used as a guide for future initiatives or permanent changes.
The project is supported by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s “Places to Love” program with improvements co-designed by local women who joined Penrith City Council in September 2020 on a Night Walk to share their experiences and ideas.
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM has praised the involvement of local women in the co-design of public space improvements and said it helped make places feel better for everyone.
“The Live, Work, Play Grid project is exciting as Council has asked local women to share their experiences and invited their ideas for what would improve the streets and public spaces in Kingswood,” Cr McKeown said.
“Council recognises the importance of including local voices in public space improvements, and we are thrilled with the results of the Live, Work, Play Grid.
“The project is about testing some temporary interventions that make Kingswood feel more inviting for everyone,” she continued.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes has also added that the initiative “has created a more vibrant neighbourhood with a connected pedestrian walking loop that includes garden beds, artistic lighting and seating to help bring the community together.”
Until the end of the month there are a number of exciting events taking place in Kingswood along the grid that are well worth checking out. These include a lantern workshop, twilight picnics, a pop-up lunchroom and a women’s night walk.
For more information about the project and related events, visit penrith.city/liveworkplaykingswood.