Sydney Park’s stormwater harvesting and reuse project is well underway! Construction began in early 2013 and final works are anticipated to be completed by mid to late 2015.
The upgrade to Sydney Park is a City of Sydney and Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative, an innovative strategy to improve water quality, habitat and reduce potable water consumption in Sydney. At completion, the $10.5 million upgrade will capture and clean 850 million litres of stormwater per annum, bringing the target for 10% of water requirements of the city to be harvested and reused by 2030.
Turf Design Studio were commissioned to undertake Stage 2 of Sydney Park’s stormwater treatment project and redevelop the overall parkland into a major recreation destination. The park’s wetland system renamed ‘The Cascades’ has been revitalised through a series of terraced wetlands; a sophisticated system that not only looks good for patrons of the park but serves a greater purpose of cleaning and reusing stormwater for the local area.
Alongside this work, Turpin + Crawford Studio were appointed the artists to create an art installation for the park. Their ‘Waterfalls’ art piece has been integrated with ‘The Cascades’, which facilitates education through an artistic interpretation of water treatment and recycling.
Turf Design Studio’s master plan for the park includes enhancing views and walks and improving the landscape to create more opportunity for informal play and recreation. The installation of high-end, bespoke park furniture, lighting and informative signage will connect users back into the site and educate them on the ecological functions of the wetlands.
Our team has just received some exciting drone photography to capture just how far it has progressed since 2013. ‘The Cascades’ is complete, with the ‘Waterfalls’ art installation nearing completion. We can’t wait for construction works to conclude, so watch this space!
Check out these photos of the project coming along…