George Kendall Riverside Park

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George Kendall Riverside Park
George Kendall Riverside Park.jpg
George Kendall Riverside Park, facing East
Type Municipal (City of Parramatta)
Location Ermington, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°49′17″S 151°03′51″E / 33.8213°S 151.0642°E / -33.8213; 151.0642Coordinates: 33°49′17″S 151°03′51″E / 33.8213°S 151.0642°E / -33.8213; 151.0642
Area 27.2 hectares
Operated by City of Parramatta
Parking Off-street parking

George Kendall Riverside Park is a 27.2 hectare recreational park in Ermington, New South Wales, on the northern bank of the Parramatta River.

The park is named after George Frederick Kendall, an alderman of the Ermington/Rydalmere Municipality from 1944–1948.[1]

Previous use[edit]

During the 1970s, to the chagrin of the local residents, much of the area (then called George Kendall Reserve) was used as a landfill site.[2] Eventually the operation was decommissioned and the site revegetated.

Sports[edit]

George Kendall Riverside Park is a popular sporting venue. It has the following sports facilities:[1]

  • Bike/walking track
  • Football (soccer) fields
  • Baseball field
  • Cricket pitch
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball/netball courts (though somewhat dilapidated)

George Kendall Riverside Park is the home ground of Ermington United Soccer Club.[3]

Amenities[edit]

George Kendall Riverside Park is also a popular picnicking venue. It has the following amenities:[1]

  • Playgrounds
  • Electric barbecues
  • Public toilets
  • Off-street parking

Flora and fauna[edit]

George Kendall Riverside Park is an important habitat for flora and fauna. The riverside is occupied by mangroves and a saltmarsh with patches of vulnerable narrow-leafed Wilsonia (Wilsonia (plant)|Wilsonia]] backhousei). Elsewhere in the park are the Sydney peppermint (Eucalyptus piperita), brush box (Lophostemon confertus), red-stemmed wattle (Acacia myrtifolia) and kangaroo grass (Themeda australis). The park is also home to common weeds such as farmers friend (Bidens pilosa) and purpletop (Verbena bonariensis).[4]

Numerous bird species either live in or visit the park, including the grey butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus), white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) and the laughing kookaburra (dacelo novaeguineae). The park is also home to common introduced species such as the Indian myna (Acridotheres tristis).[4]

George Kendall Riverside Park has a dedicated bushcare group that includes residents and council members who volunteer to regenerate the native bush. Every third Sunday of the month (except in the heat of summer) the group plants native species and removes weeds. New members are welcome.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Parramatta City Council, Culture and Leisure: George Kendell Riverside Park (accessed 7 January 2008).
  2. ^ Planning Workshop Pty Ltd, Environmental Impact Statement: Proposed Sanitary Landfill, Spurway Street, Ermington, Parramatta City Council.
  3. ^ Ermington United Soccer Club, Home Ground (accessed 7 January 2008).
  4. ^ a b George Kendall Riverside Park Committee (Nov 2006), George Kendall Riverside Park Newsletter, Issue 3.
  5. ^ Parramatta City Council, Bushcare Group Regular Workdays Schedule (accessed 7 January 2008).

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