Larger parks considered

MEGA parks are back on Blacktown Council's agenda.

A report has revised preferred locations after councillors gave feedback on a list of suitable locations in their respective wards.

Preferred locations include Paterson Reserve in Quakers Hill (ward one), Endeavour Park Kings Langley or Alwyn Lindfield Reserve in Glenwood (ward two), Grantham Heritage Park in Seven Hills (ward three), Mount Druitt Town Square (ward four, pictured) and Plumpton Park wetlands (ward five).

Further reports will examine proposed funding options for the provision of mega parks.

Most mega parks would consist of expanded picnic and playground facilities such as climbing nets, swings, flying foxes, slides and sculptures.

The Mount Druitt location (pictured) would have water-based play elements.

Blacktown Council wants the proposed ward four mega park in Mount Druitt to look like this

Blacktown Council wants the proposed ward four mega park in Mount Druitt to look like this

Several Labor councillors remain opposed to the Mount Druitt location.

"Why put it next to Westfield to be a glorified babysitting service," Cr Stephen Bali said.

"I'm not against mega parks. But they need to be in communities and ideally not next to major shopping centres.

Cr Bali suggested the mega park instead be built at Bill Colbourne Reserve in Doonside.

Liberal Cr Jacqueline Donaldson was opposed.

"A lot of families wouldn't want to go there because of its recent history. I wouldn't take my grandson there."

She welcomed the preferred sites listed in the council report.

"For families who have moved to the area, one of their biggest complaints is that there aren't enough big parks to take the kids. I know a lot of people who are looking forward to the mega parks being built."

It will be debated at next week's council meeting.

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