Legacy - from "the best Games ever" to today

Olympic Cauldron
               Photo: Paul K Robbins

Following the success of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sydney Olympic Park Authority was established in July 2001 to manage the public assets of Sydney Olympic Park, ensuring the best use of this large and unique area.

Covering 640 hectares, Sydney Olympic Park is twice the size of the Sydney central business district and includes 430 hectares of green space and parklands inhabited by threatened species, protected marine vegetation and endangered ecological communities.

The environmental remediation process that converted a once industrial wasteland into a precinct of diverse parklands and rich ecosystems is one of the great legacies of the "Green Games’’. A commitment that is as strong today as it was at the time of the Olympics, evidenced by initiatives such as the water recycling system, solar energy sources and use of sustainable materials.

Managing this incredible place into a vibrant centre with iconic buildings, major event facilities, grand public spaces and a precious natural environment coexisting in harmony has been the challenge and the success of Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Today more than double the amount of visitors hosted at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games enjoy all that the Park has to offer each year.

Over a decade has now past since the Olympic Games, though the legacy and spirit of the Games live on, as Sydney Olympic Park offers an unprecedented example of place-making.

No former Olympic venue has been developed on such a scale as Sydney Olympic Park.

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