THE Ponds and Tregear Reserves have been earmarked as possible sites for ‘‘mega parks.’’
Blacktown mayor Len Robinson wants to create ‘‘one or two’’ in each of the five wards using the sale proceeds of 30 small parks under 0.125 hectares.
The mega parks would be similar to the new one at Blacktown Showground.
Last week a motion was presented to the council that a report be prepared outlining how the construction of new mega parks could be expedited and funded.
It was rejected by Labor councillors, who had the majority with three Liberals absent.
‘‘The former Labor council did not need to sell even one park to pay for the $16 million mega park at Blacktown Showground,’’ Cr Stephen Bali said.
The matter will return to the council in two weeks, as a rescission motion has been lodged by the Liberals.
Cr Robinson has been inspecting mega park sites with council staff.
He is considering one at Tregear Reserve to be one of the first to be completed.
‘‘Go to country towns like Bathurst and Orange and see what they provide for kids,’’ he said.
Fellow Liberal councillor Jackie Donaldson said families travelled outside the area to places such as Western Sydney Parklands in Abbotsbury.
‘‘Some parks around here have three pieces of equipment to play on,’’ she said.
‘‘Families want parks that are spacious with lots of equipment and barbecues so they can have a nice, relaxing time.’’
Under the plan, small parks listed for sale will be rezoned from open space for redevelopment.