RESIDENTS in a quiet Doonside cul-de-sac want to ensure their favourite park isn’t sold off to developers.
Bunning Place residents recently found out the park in their street was on the hit list in a Blacktown Council review of the 152 reserves less than 0.125 hectares across the city.
The reserve in Bunning Place was one of 33 earmarked for possible sale.
Last week, residents started a petition to keep the reserve.
They have since found out the park was recently one of three taken off the list.
"All the families around here use the park and help keep it clean," said John Mattocks who addressed the council meeting last week.
"I’ve been here for 25 years since this street opened. They didn’t even consult us.
"Council doesn’t need to sell parks. It has money in the bank so I don’t know why they need to sell them.’’
Heather Dowers enjoys taking her seven grandchildren to the park.
"The little ones need somewhere to ride their bikes because it’s unsafe to ride on the street," she said.
Liberal councillor Jackie Donaldson said none of the parks earmarked for sale had play equipment and that no other park other than those on the list was under threat.
She said money from the sale of the parks would go towards improving existing parks and some may be turned into community gardens.
A council spokeswoman said the parks on the list were being prepared for a formal planning proposal, which would be exhibited as part of a public consultation process.
Funds from the sale would be invested in playgrounds across Blacktown City, she said.
■ LABOR Councillor Stephen Bali is sceptical of assurances that only 33 parks will be considered for sale. ‘‘They say there’s only 30 on the list but what will happen to the rest of the 152 in the future?’’ he said.