The City of Parramatta Council has a long-term aspiration to create the Civic Link, a bold, city-shaping project which will deliver a new pedestrian connection across four blocks in the CBD between Parramatta Square and the River. It will play an important role in realising the Central City vision by providing a network of public spaces for city life that will accommodate the scale and pace of change in the city, respond to the environmental challenges of an urban river city, and reflect Parramatta’s rich and vibrant history.
A Premier City Address
The Civic Link will be a major pedestrian boulevard, framed by buildings with high quality architecture and vibrant street edges. Its lively network of public places will connect transport modes and key destinations, including the New Powerhouse Museum, Parramatta Light Rail, River Square, Parramatta Square, and the Roxy Theatre.
Space for People
Parramatta is transforming at a pace and scale which is unprecedented in its history. By 2036, there will be four times the amount of pedestrian foot traffic in the CBD. Civic Link will respond to this challenge by providing wide footpaths that allow people to move effortlessly through the city.
A Place to Celebrate Culture
Punctuated by cultural destinations and located in the CBD commercial core, the Civic Link will be a place for performance and artistic expression, day and night; providing a canvas for visual arts, lights, music, and festivals; welcoming people of all ages and abilities to celebrate city life.
A Cool Green Spine through the Heart of the City
Parramatta experiences more than 15 very hot days over 35C a year. The Civic Link’s continuous 20m width will allow space for large shady trees, providing cool, green connections through the city.
The City is moving forward with plans for the Civic Link through the preparation of the Civic Link Development Control Plan (DCP), which is an important first step in securing the space for the Civic Link. The DCP describes how future buildings will define the shape of the Civic Link and how surrounding movement will work. It identifies new public open spaces, streets, and laneways; guides property access and servicing; describes how future buildings will interact with public spaces; and outlines the shape of future building form. The DCP will play an important role in ensuring the new Civic Link is active and vibrant, with opportunities for people to walk, sit, meet, and importantly enjoy the beautiful heart of our city.
The DCP will be followed by further design of the public domain in the four distinct Civic Link Blocks. Council looks forward to engaging with the community as it realises these projects.