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.
The Waterplay Park operates daily between 10am and 6pm, from October to March.
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.
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.
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.
For the safety and comfort of other patrons, please abide by the following guidelines:
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:
Source: NSW Health