Steel Park, Illawarra Road, Marrickville South
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.
The Waterplay Park is located at Steel Park in Marrickville South, adjacent to the Cooks River on Illawarra Road. It was officially opened in November 2010.
Hours of operation
The Waterplay Park operates daily between 10am and 6pm, from October to March.
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.
How to operate
To start water flowing, press one of the buttons on the bollards. Water will flow for 10 minutes. To restart, press the button again. The system will automatically shut down on high winds.
Be sun safe
When in the sun, wear a hat, SPF 30+ sunscreen, a long sleeved shirt and sunglasses. Seek shade between 11am and 4pm when UV levels from the sun are at their highest.
Conditions of use
For the safety and comfort of other patrons, please abide by the following guidelines:
- This facility is not supervised. Use of the Waterplay Park equipment is at the user's own risk.
- Children can drown in shallow water. Parents and guardians must evaluate these risks before allowing children to participate, and must supervise children at all times.
- Areas of the waterplay equipment may be slippery at times.
- Misuse of this equipment may cause serious injury or death.
- Children must be supervised by an adult in this park at all times.
- No abusive or offensive language or behaviour.
- No animals permitted.
- No drugs or alcohol permitted.
- No glass or sharp objects permitted.
- No running, pushing, jumping, ball games, skateboarding or rough play.
- Footwear must be worn at all times
- This facility is provided for the enjoyment of all. Please share the equipment with others.
- No photography of people, except with the permission of the subject(s) and (if the subject is under 18 years of age) their parent or guardian.
- No smoking or littering.
Parents and carers of infants are urged to be aware of health and safety issues while using public pools and aquatic facilities this summer.
Infants – babies and toddlers – that are not yet toilet-trained and use public pools and aquatic facilities are most likely to spread germs making them, and other patrons, particularly vulnerable to illness.
To keep all patrons healthy and safe, parents and carers whose infants are yet to be toilet-trained are required by NSW Health to:
- ensure infants wear aqua (swimming) nappies and/or tight fitting waterproof pants at all times;
- ensure infants use the toilet before entering the pool/aquatic facility;
- change nappies regularly – not beside the pool/aquatic facility but in the change rooms; and
- after changing the nappy, throw out the waste and wash your hands thoroughly with soap.
- Don't swim if you have had diarrhoea in the past two weeks
- Don't swallow pool/aquatic facility water as it may contain germs
- Do shower and wash thoroughly with soap before entering the pool/aquatic facility
Source: NSW Health