Penrith and St Marys to hold free street parties in May – The Western Weekender

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The streets of St Marys and Penrith are set to open for a series of free street parties during the month of May that celebrate the food, music and creative heartbeat of both centres.

The Open Streets Penrith events on Friday 6th, 13th and 20th May from 6pm to 10pm, will see the city’s streets open to the community to eat, drink and enjoy live performances from musicians, comedians and other interactive arts. Woodriff Street, between High Street and Union Lane, will be opened to create an enclosure for the festivities.

St Marys Lights Up will take place every Saturday in May from 3pm to 9pm. The community is invited to eat, listen to live music and relax in an ephemeral green space. The West Lane car park towards Coachmans Park will be open to residents and visitors to enjoy a fun program from the afternoon to the evening.

Mayor of Penrith, Tricia Hitchen, is delighted to see these two new activations which celebrate the community coming together and connecting, while taking advantage of public spaces to support local businesses and artists.

“The Council supports the creation of new events that create a dynamic and inclusive atmosphere for our community,” said Cr Hitchen.

“Open Streets and St Marys Lights Up is a new way for us to reconnect as a community after the challenges of recent years with the pandemic and associated lockdowns. Gathering outdoors is a safe way to connect as a community while enjoying the unique spaces we call home.

At Open Streets, guests will be invited to immerse themselves in what will be a truly unique experience. Imagine a long dinner table as the focal point surrounded by an array of restaurants, as well as pop-up vendors and an open-air bar with live entertainment. With performers and activities changing weekly, no two nights will be the same. It promises to be an experience not to be missed.

St Marys Lights Up will highlight the diversity of the town center and is a great opportunity for the community to experience their town in a new and fun way. Featuring a dedicated pop-up green space set up to relax while enjoying food and entertainment.

Open Streets Penrith and St Marys Lights Up are organized by Penrith City Council who have received $500,000 in funding through The Festival of Place Open Streets scheme, an initiative of the New South Wales Government to helping 13 Greater Sydney Council areas open streets for community events and activities.

Minister for Western Sydney and MP for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government is supporting the state’s economic recovery by funding councils in the 13 LGAs which have been worst hit by the year’s COVID-19 closures last to reinvent their streets and alleys.

“Our public spaces, including our streets, have become a focal point during the pandemic and we are enabling councils to revitalize their lanes, streets and squares to help local economies and the hospitality, arts and music sectors. to get back on their feet,” Mr. Ayres said.

“It’s all part of our Open Streets program, which is about reinvigorating and reinventing our streets, and creating a sense of excitement and discovery with community activities that the public can get out and enjoy.”

Open Streets Penrith and St Marys Lights Up will be held on a series of dates in May.

Penrith Open Streets – Friday 6, 13, 20 May 2022 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Woodriff Street car park (Northern end) & Masters Place.

St Marys lights up – Saturdays 7, 14, 21 & 28 May 2022 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Coachmans Park and West Lane car park.

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