He’s lived in Doonside for years but Andrew Le was never enticed into the nearby Nurragingy Reserve, until last week.
‘‘It’s my first time and I’m pretty surprised,’’ he said, ‘‘I normally just go past it.’’
He was only enticed, he said, by the newly-replanted gardens, and refurbished playgrounds.
‘‘It’s a nice place to bring the kids now it looks a bit nicer,’’ Mr Le said.
And he was looking forward to seeing the results of more work on the park over the next three decades.
Blacktown Council has been busily turning the park into its feature recreational space.
Last month it released its draft master plan for Nurragingy over the next 30 years.
Doonside resident Gurpreet Singh, who lived opposite the entrance on Knox Road, said work on the park was good for the neighbourhood.
‘‘It’s much better than before,’’ he said, ‘‘but if they do more this is good, property prices will go up because there’s this good place is in front of your house.’’