21 May 2020
Sydney Olympic Park has recorded its largest month for visitors to the parklands in April since it began monitoring numbers in 2003 as people turn to walking and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The record month occurred despite all park play areas, picnic tables and bbqs closed and witnessed more than 336,000 visits across the 430 hectares of greenery at Sydney Olympic Park.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO Sam Romaniuk said the figures showcase how valuable open space and recreation has become during this time.
“In this pandemic, it appears we have all increasingly valued the small freedoms of heading out for a run or walk in parks for fresh air, recreation and to clear our minds,” said Mr Romaniuk.
“Sydney Olympic Park plays a vital role in providing a vast amount of green space especially to local and neighbouring high density residential communities.”
A significant increase in cycle visits occurred throughout the month as people took advantage of the 35kms of cycle paths on offer at Sydney Olympic Park.
“Sydney Olympic Park is a much loved destination among cyclists and normally attracts around 80,000 visits each month. In April we saw a significant increase with more than 171,000 bike trips in the parklands,” said Mr Romaniuk.
The month of April also saw an 11% reduction in vehicles to the parklands suggesting people were staying local. “Sydney Olympic Park provides diverse green space to enjoy and discover be it the mangroves, riverside setting, remnant woodlands, rare saltmarshes or waterbird refuge,” said Mr Romaniuk.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority has recorded parkland visitor numbers since 2003 with this new record of more than 336,000 visits surpassing the previous best of 305,061 set in April 2013.