Open Space

Family walking in the mangroves
               Photo: Paul K Robbins

Once a heavily polluted industrial wasteland, the largest reclamation project in Australian history turned the area into a new suburb and a useable space for Sydney.

The 430 hectares of open space, playgrounds, conservation areas, wetlands and waterways at Sydney Olympic Park attract 2.8 million people each year, providing both a local park and a regional park

The parklands at Sydney Olympic Park are made up of many different parks and places and are visited for a variety of leisure, sport, social, cultural, educational and nature based experiences.

With over 35 kilometres of walking and bike tracks the Park offers a great place to cycle and attracts 80,000 cyclists each month.

The parklands are crucial to supporting Greater Sydney in their recreation and relaxation needs particularly as Sydney continues to grow. The parklands are also supporting Sydneysiders to become more active and as a result a healthier society.

Alongside the community use of this space, the parklands have environmental significance with protected remnant woodlands, rare saltmarshes, a waterbird refuge, mangroves and some 400 native plants and 200 native animal species.

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