Parks & Recreation

Hawkesbury City Council provides a huge variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, including over 200 magnificent parks and reserves.

The Recreation Guide and Yarramundi Reserve Brochure highlight information on organised recreational activities, facilities, parks and open space planning, future parks improvements, and many other recreational programs and services offered in the Hawkesbury.

Use of Parks and Reserves

If you wish to use a park or reserve for a family picnic you may do so without obtaining prior approval from Council. Please note that the installation of any structures such as jumping castles, professional marquees and the like will require permission.  For large family group events please contact Council to ensure that the park chosen can cater for your needs.

For organised events such as a Christening/Naming Ceremony, Wedding, business organised activities or events, a booking is required. It is recommended that you contact Council’s Customer Service on ( 02) 4560 4444 in the first instance to ascertain if the park is available on the day and time you wish to book, before completing the Park Booking Form.

For use of any sporting grounds, the organisers will need to contact the Hawkesbury Sports Council

Richmond Park, Richmond and McQuade Park, Windsor have a combination of sporting field/s and open space areas.   If you wish to book these parks please contact Council to identify if the area you wish to use is under Council control or Sports Council control. 

Please also note that driving of vehicles on Richmond Park could potentially damage the path brick edge, therefore no vehicles are to be driven onto the Park surface without specific approval.

Thompson Square, Windsor is heritage listed and you will need approval from the NSW Heritage Office before Council will consider your application.

Please note that Council does not book shelters with the exception of the Richmond Park Rotunda.

Please put as much information as possible about your event on the park booking form as this will assist in expediting your application.

Please note that Wisemans Ferry Park, Old Northern Road Wisemans Ferry is operated by The Hills Shire Council – (02) 9843 0555

Which Park should I use?

Please see our Recreation Guide as to what each of our popular parks has to offer.

Popular Parks for Weddings are:

McQuade Park, Windsor
Macquarie Park, Windsor
Memorial Park, Windsor
Smith Park/Pughs Lagoon, Richmond
Hanna Park, North Richmond

Fees and Charges

There is an administration fee charged on all bookings for Parks which is revised each financial year.  (Note: bookings for ANZAC Day and  Remembrance Day ceremonies are exempt from paying this fee).

If you wish to hold a wedding in McQuade Park, Windsor you will be required to pay an hourly hire fee (maximum hire is 2 hours) as well as the administration fee.

Organisers will be required to pay a refundable park damage bond for all activities. Council’s fees and charges highlight a minimum bond but this may be increased depending on the types of activity and their likelihood to cause damage.  Please note that bonds and any other applicable fees must be paid at least one week prior to the event.

Organisers will be required to provide public liability insurance when erecting marquees, jumping castles, bringing in tables and chairs or if staging an event.

Refundable key bonds may be required if you need access to keys to open gates or to access electricity.

Fees are also payable for use of electricity.

Please note booking does not guarantee exclusive use, nor will additional maintenance outside routine cleaning, mowing and pruning be carried out prior to your activity.

Other conditions may apply, these conditions will be advised at the time of booking.

Exclusive Use of Parks and Reserves

If you wish to apply for exclusive use of a Park or Reserve you will be required to lodge your application at least six months in advance, as your request is subject to approval at a Council meeting.

You will also need to submit a Traffic Management Plan.

Exclusive use fees and charges will apply, details can be obtained by contacting Council on
(02) 4560 4444.

Council Stage

Council has a  stage which is available for hire for community events.  The stage is 10 metres long by 3.4 metres wide and 1 metre high (off the ground).  Hiring charges are available on application.

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