Located in Riverwood, the Salt Pan Creek Wetlands have been transformed from a once under-used paddock into a much needed parkland for the South Western Sydney community to enjoy.
Image courtesy of Canterbury City Council website
Since 2004, work on the Riverwood Wetlands has been steadily transforming what was once an old and under-used paddock into a site that is fast becoming a popular recreation site for the people of Riverwood and the surrounding suburbs.
It is an ideal place to take time out for a walk around the pond or to have a picnic with your family. The kids will enjoy playing at the playground, riding their bikes, or feeding the ducks and other birdlife that is returning to this once neglected area.
The reserve features a wetland with fish, turtles and various birdlife. Native birds are making the area their home again, bringing a real sense of natural beauty and serenity to the suburb.
Stage 1 and 2 are now complete. Stage 1 included the establishment of the wetlands, walkways and cycleways around the ornamental pond, landscaping and gardening, a new carpark area adjacent to the community centre, additional automatic toilets and re-establishing the community gardens area. Stage 2 consists of some improved access as well as a senior playground, picnic area, and gazebo.
Later this year will see the installation of new barbeques and more playgrounds facilities.
To keep the older kids entertained is the nearbyskate park located on the other side of the Community Centre. It is popular with teens for roller-blading, BMX bike riding and skateboarding.
The suberb of Riverwood formed part of the traditional land of the Eora Aboriginal people who continued to live in the area until the early 1800s when several land grants saw white settlement take over the district. Once known as Herne Bay, the area was renamed Riverwood in 1957 after the small waterway which ran off the nearby Salt Pan Creek.