On Saturday 18 July, Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially launched the Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project, which forms a major plank of the city’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Strategy. The day was a roaring success, with many local residents and the wider community turning up to celebrate the opening of one of the city’s largest environmental projects to date.
The project is a fluid intersection of design, science and art facilitated by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership (TDEP), working alongside Alluvium (water and environment), Dragonfly (ecology) and Turpin + Crawford Studio (public art) to create a significant, new piece of green infrastructure.
A series of bio-retention wetlands captures the equivalent of 340 Olympic-sized swimming pools of stormwater per year, cleans and reutilises the water as irrigation for the park and other nearby industrial uses. Turpin + Crawford’s ‘Waterfalls’ installation playfully releases cleansed water from the bio-retention wetlands into the main ponds and allows for an artistic layer of water interpretation.
Significant enhancements to pathways, planting diversity and amenity contributes to the enjoyment of the park, as well as new picnic grounds and recreational spaces have been created for the community to gather and relax in.
This urban park redevelopment not only educates residents and visitors on the importance of water management, but improves overall water quality and habitat.