People's Loop Trial: temporary changes to walking and cycling in Parramatta Park

By Sheree Gover

The ‘People’s Loop’ is a new two-month trial initiative to transform walking and cycling in World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park. The trial will run from 18 May to 19 July 2020. 

With COVID-19 restrictions placing a stronger emphasis on the vital role parks and public spaces play in supporting mental and physical health, Parramatta Park Trust is transforming how the Park is managed. This will make it easier for people to get outside and move in the fresh air while observing safe social distancing.

The ‘People’s Loop’ aims to create more space in the Park for walking and cycling through temporary changes to vehicle access, parking and circulation, so more people, families and children can cycle or walk around the Park for fun or fitness.

To date, visitors to the Park have largely supported safe social distancing, however the trial offers an opportunity to further enhance the Park experience for our community by providing more free space for physical activity within our World Heritage-listed park.

Recognising a need to balance the primary modes of transport – cars, bicycles and pedestrians - used in the Park, the two-month trial will allow the Trust to remove cars from sections of the existing internal road within Parramatta Park and free up this space for people.

This eight-week trial is based on the People’s Loop project, a future Parra Park plan. 

More information on the changes can be found here.