Work on a revitalised entrance to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead will begin shortly, transforming the existing forecourt and old ambulance bay into ‘KidsPark,’ as part of the $619 million redevelopment.

KidsPark will create a more vibrant and lively space for staff, patients and their families with additional retail offerings which is planned to include a grocer offering fresh produce, a ‘Village Green,’ and Aboriginal Meeting Place and a playground for all ages to enjoy.

At the entrance, an Aboriginal Meeting Place is being designed to provide a safe and welcoming space for our First Nations people to connect, share and provide learnings. Working together with our local Aboriginal community, the new space will also provide non-Aboriginal community members the opportunity to learn about and experience Aboriginal culture.

Learnings will be through the use of colours, a new aboriginal garden featuring plants significant to indigenous people and through Connecting to Country.

The ‘Village Green’ within KidsPark will provide a green, open space for people to relax, with more seating and shade surrounded by native flora including exisiting established gumtrees.

With more shaded areas, the green space aims to promote wellbeing by creating a space for people to get outdoors to interact, socialise and have fun. 

This includes a new playground being installed with a range of contemporary climbing and balancing play equipment for kids of all ages and abilities to play and keep active.

Works on the forecourt is projected to commence in the next few weeks, following completion of the front turning circle and drop off zone works, and be complete late 2023, in line with the Parramatta Light Rail beginning passenger services.