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International recognition for Sydney Park

Sydney Park has been recognised with a prestigious Green Flag award, an international accolade that acknowledges great parks for their value to the community.

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The 41.6 hectare property was used for brickmaking and other industries from the 1880s, and then a waste dump from 1948 before the site was transformed into a world class urban park.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the award was the City’s third Green Flag, with Redfern Park and Hyde Park winning the prize over the past two years.

“Sydney Park is very popular with the local community and visitors to the inner west, and is looking terrific after undergoing a major facelift,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This is our City’s largest park and we’ve been working to improve recreation and relaxation areas as well as revitalising the park’s entire wetland system.

“Beautifully designed parks and open green space are vital for inner city living where many people do not have a backyard of their own. Our parks and spaces provide opportunities for people to exercise, relax and enjoy outdoor activities.

“This award is a credit to the City’s hardworking staff involved in the planning, design and maintenance of the park. These are the people behind-the-scenes who work hard to ensure we all have beautiful, open, green spaces to enjoy in the heart of our city.”

Sydney Park features a first-grade sports oval, public grandstand, play areas for kids, including all abilities equipment, public art, barbecue and picnic areas and a café. A network of urban forest provides vital habitat for wildlife and residents to enjoy.

The area was used to manufacture bricks for a century as a result of the rich clay beds that lay underground the site. Kilns were built in 1893, baking bricks for hundreds of Sydney homes and businesses. These brick kilns are now heritage-listed.

From 1948 to 1976, the massive clay pits that had been excavated were used for the disposal of municipal waste. After the closure of the tip, the area was reclaimed by placing layers of soil and building rubble over the refuse dump to create the present parkland profile.

The park has now undergone a major transformation since the closure of the tip. (I’ve deleted the reference to new management as I’ll fairly certain the tip was always managed by the City) A $10.5 million upgrade in the park includes a new stormwater and harvesting re-use facility to provide a sustainable water supply for the park’s future needs and improve wetland rehabilitation.

Sydney Park will be the home to the City of Sydney’s first City Farm. The proposed design includes areas for crops, a fruit-filled orchard, bush tucker plants, native bees and herbs, and a farmers’ market with local produce.

Altogether, the City’s 400 parks cover an area of more than 188 hectares and include playgrounds with equipment for all children of all ages, sports facilities, green spaces and off-leash areas for dogs.

For more information, visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/facilities/parks/major-parks/sydney-...