The Drying Green: A New Central Park Is Underway In Green Square
Green Square is one of Australia’s largest and most exciting urban renewal projects, evolving into a colourful creative neighbourhood hub, and the area continues to develop. Lucky locals will soon be able to kick back in a brand new City of Sydney park that promises ample open green space and a network of pedestrian connections amid the bustling inner-city town centre.
The Drying Green, an expansive 6,200 square metre park, is now in the works and will feature a wetland water feature that collects and reuses stormwater, a picnic and barbecue area, terraced seating, a solar-powered public artwork and an amenities building with a green roof and landscaped surfaces, all in addition to the lush grass lawns for ball games, picnics and parties, with a few quiet corners earmarked for sunbaking and relaxation, and paths for exploring the new wonderland.
Taking its name from the area's industrial heritage, The Drying Green is inspired by one of Green Square’s first industries - wool washing - where fleeces were stretched out across the grass to dry.
Continuing with her vision to create a lively urban village in Green Square and give the community more of the fresh, open spaces they’ve craved during the Coronavirus pandemic, Sydney City Council Lord Mayor Clover Moore predicts that as the heart of the town centre, The Drying Green will become one of the most popular parks in Sydney.
“Locals will be able to kick a ball, relax on the green lawns and enjoy a picnic or barbecue with family and friends,” the Lord Mayor said. “This will have an incredibly positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing and build a strong sense of community.”
The Drying Green will also connect pedestrians to the new library and plaza and new community facilities include a creative centre, a childcare centre and a community shed.
The work is set to be completed by early 2022 with more than $540m being injected into the Green Square town centre to continue to revitalise the vibrant precinct in Sydney’s inner south, with construction on an aquatic and recreation centre also underway and more than 40 parks set to emerge.
“With more than three-quarters of our residents across the city living in apartments, our parks, playgrounds and open spaces are essential ‘the backyard’ for many,” the Lord Mayor said. “We’re firmly committed to creating and maintaining valuable open space and investing in parks and playgrounds for future generations.”
Image via City of Sydney.
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