Garraway Park


Garraway Park

LocationNorth Rosebery, NSW
ClientCity of Sydney
ServicesLandscape Architecture
Site Area8,000sqm

Garraway Park, a collaboration between the City of Sydney and OCULUS, is being developed as part of the Green Square Urban Renewal program in North Rosebery. The park will offer spaces for respite, passive recreation and active play. At 8,000 square metres in area, the park presents a rare opportunity for the City to contribute to its open space network in a valuable way.

The site sits on sandy soil and historically the area was a series of freshwater swamps, salt marshes and creeks which were dominated by paperbarks. The original environment in the late 18th century is best described as sand dune wetlands, covered by heath and scrub. During the 1920s North Rosebery became a model suburb for mixed use development which is significant in the history of Sydney. Model homes and factories was the slogan of the suburb. The imagery from the marketing document of the time evokes grid like structures and forms.

The design for Garraway Park responds to both natural and cultural interpretations of the site, exploring this dualism through tensions between the two design drivers. The model suburb grid structure is used to organise the spaces, with a concentration and diminishing of the grid to the northeast corner of the site facilitating greater density of program to this activated corner. The lines of the grid are softened with undulant gestures stemming from the dynamic sand dune edges of the original landscape.

The park will include a play space with a practice ring and water play, an informal playing field, multiple seating opportunities, a circulation pat, an amenities block, fitness station, BBQ facilities, planting and water sensitive design elements