On Saturday 11 February the City will celebrate Sydney Park's 21st anniversary. Please join me to celebrate with free coffee, cupcakes and fun activities for the whole family including pets. The park was originally part of 40 acres granted to reformed First Fleet convict and successful Sydney businesswoman Elizabeth Needham in 1796. Originally a brickworks pit, the park later became a rubbish tip, using the pits which were left after clay was dug out.
Since 2004 the City has carried out extensive work and teh park now has nine hectares of garden, about 28,000 native trees and an award-winning children's playground. The award winning, all abilities playground, kiosk and accessibility toilet facility create a friendly community gathering space. There are 12 kilometres of paths for walking and bike riding and a grass amphitheatre for holding community events.
Other work has created a wildlife habitat with thriving wetlands and more than 50 types of native birds, mammals, frog and reptile species call Sydney Park home. A $10 million water-harvesting project is now underway. The second stage of this work will begin later this year and involves capturing up to 850 million litres of water - that's the equivalent of 340 Olympic-sized swimming pools - filtering it through the parks wetland system and re-using it in the park and potentially, local businesses.
A fitness space with benches and bars, a bubbler and seating will soon be installed near the Alan Davidson Oval and Sydney Park will also be home to the first City Farm, where the community can learn about growing and harvesting food.
- Sydney Park 21st Anniversary celebration: Saturday 11 February, 2pm and 4pm, Village Green, Sydney Park, St Peters.