Innovative design supports access and inclusion at Sydney Olympic Park

Mark Relf at accessible picnic setting

20 Sep 2017

Sydney Olympic Park is internationally recognised for its high levels of accessibility promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities particularly through innovative design of the built environment.

A new accessible picnic setting found in the Park’s town centre is the latest of these innovations.

The setting developed by local manufacturer Botton + Gardiner in collaboration with Sydney Olympic Park Authority accommodates wheelchairs and with a unique design, it also provides flexibility for users to create a ‘banquet’ table or be pulled apart for smaller social groups.

Slat elements are made of low maintenance and durable ‘composite timber’ derived from a blend of recycled milk bottle (HDPE), wood fibre and secure fixings for shade umbrellas.

The Sydney Olympic Park Access Advisory Committee chaired by Mark Relf plays a key role in ensuring Sydney Olympic Park achieves innovative design solutions, which are sustainable, accessible and liveable.

Having held this position since 2013, Mark Relf’s outstanding contributions to accessibility standards have been recognised, receiving the Order of Australia (AM).

“Inclusion of people with disabilities as spectators, participants in events and members of our thriving working and residential community is a key component of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy,” said Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO Charles Moore.

“Mark has provided expert advice and leadership in his role as Chair of our Access Advisory Committee as we develop Sydney Olympic Park as an exceptional place for the enjoyment and liveability of all. I wish to extend my personal congratulations to Mark on receiving this well-deserved accolade.”