RESIDENTS in a quiet Doonside cul-de-sac will do whatever it takes to ensure their favourite park isn't sold to developers.
Bunning Place residents recently found out that the park in their street was on the hit list in a Blacktown Council review of the 152 reserves less than 0.125 hectares across the Local Government Area.
The reserve in Bunning Place was one of 33 earmarked for possible sale.
Residents, who were featured on Ten News last week voicing their concerns, have started a petition.
They have since found out the park was recently one of three taken off the list.
"All the families around here use the park and help keep it clean," resident John Maddocks said.
"I've been here for 25 years since this street opened. They didn't even consult us. The council doesn't need to sell parks.
"It has money in the bank so I don't know why they need to sell them."
Heather Dowers enjoys taking her seven grandchildren to the park.
"The park is chock-a-block on weekends," she said.
"The little ones need somewhere to ride their bikes because it's unsafe to ride on the street.
"Why don't they think about younger generations?"
Liberal councillor Jackie Donaldson said none of the 30 earmarked parks have play equipment and no park other than those on the list is under threat.
She said money from the sale of the listed parks will go towards improving parks and that some may be turned into community gardens.
But Labor councillor Stephen Bali is sceptical. "They say there are only 30 on the list but what will happen to the rest of the 152 in the future?"
The 30 parks on the list are being prepared for a formal planning proposal.
"This will involve a community engagement process and exhibition," a spokeswoman said.
"Any funds generated by council through potential sale of these parcels of land will be placed in a trust and invested in future playgrounds across Blacktown City, including community facilities, barbecues and picnic shelters."
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