We’ve not wandered down to play at this yet, but looks like could be much fun indeed — especially in this weather!
The Waterplay Park at Steel Park, Marrickville South was officially opened on Sunday 7 November 2010. The Waterplay Park is an exciting recreational and environmental initiative. It provides a fun playground for children during summer months, with water fountains and sprinklers. It also demonstrates an environmental process in action, utilising all aspects of the water cycle.
Features of the Waterplay Park
The Park includes an interesting series of waterplay features including a ‘source’ feature representing the water flowing from the mountains, a ‘rills’ section representing water flowing in a river across plains, and an ‘estuary’ feature which includes a collection of jets and sprays. The Waterplay Park was designed to encapsulate the total water cycle. Water for the Park comes from the roof of the Debbie and Abbey Borgia Centre, and is fed into play features such as interactive fountains, sprinklers and misty spray elements before being treated onsite and recycled. Runoff from the Park, car park and surrounding streets will be treated through grassed swales and rain gardens before it enters the Cooks River.
A man-made saltmarsh on the banks of the Cooks River, built as part of the Waterplay Park project, does its part to help enhance water quality in the Cooks River, filtering nutrients and run-off. An upgrade of the adjacent Regional Cycleway, stormwater treatment facilities and extensive landscaping and revegetation in Steel Park were also completed as part of the Waterplay Park project.’