Sydney Park Water Re-use Project

Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership


Much has been achieved over the past two decades in transforming the Sydney Park site from its industrial and landfill legacy, into 44 hectares of parkland and a vital asset for the growing communities of Sydney’s south-east.

This project is City of Sydney’s largest environmental project to date, built in partnership with the Australian Government through the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan. It is an integral component of Sustainable Sydney 2030; targeting 10% of water demand to be met through local water capture and re-use in the park. The City also seized the opportunity to use what was essentially an infrastructure project as a vehicle to breathe new life into the park - as a vibrant recreation and environmental asset for Sydney.

The City engaged a design team led by landscape architects Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership who orchestrated a multi-disciplinary collaboration inter-weaving design, art, science and ecology. The resulting ‘roundtable’ facilitated a shared design dialogue between water experts
Alluvium, artists Turpin + Crawford Studio, ecologists Dragonfly Environmental and the City’s own Landscape Architects. The result is an interwoven system of water re-use, recreation, and habitat that gives life to the water story, and an exciting new dimension to this well-loved parkland.
The water scheme diverts an average of 840 mega litres per annum of stormwater for treatment and re-use. The treatment train includes a gross pollutant trap, 5000 square metres of bio-retention system, wetlands and the existing ponds. Water recycled for irrigation is further treated by filtration
and UV disinfection.

In conveying the water story through its visible processes; the project is educating the community about the importance of urban water management, and the interdependent nature of our urban and natural environments. The function and processes of water harvesting and cleansing is made legible through its visible ebbs and flows in the landscape.



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