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Green Flag Award for harbourside park in Sydney

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Earlier this year we announced that 11 parks and green spaces in Australia and New Zealand have been awarded the Green Flag Award and they were the first awards to be announced during the 20th anniversary.

One of the parks that have been awarded their very first Green Flag Award is Pirrama Park, which is in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont. The site was formerly a base for the water police. The city of Sydney acquired the site in 2005 to build a park.

Pirrama Park incorporates numerous environmentally sustainable features including solar panels, rain water capture and re-use, energy efficient lighting, timber decking, pathways and nature play features made from recycled materials.

The park is a 1.8 hectare harbourside space which hosts a wide range of attractions including BBQs and picnic facilities, a sheltered bay with recreational water access, a boating pontoon, public art installations, café kiosk and a playground.

The park also has a playground area that includes a wheelchair accessible roundabout, sand-pits, climbing nets, swings and a water play area. The park attracts local residents and many tourists from near and far.

Since it opened in 2009 the park has won a variety of prestigious awards including the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture NSW Medal in 2010, the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design also in 2010, the Master Builders Association Award for Excellence in Construction and of course most recently, the Green Flag Award.

Innovative public art installations capture the attention of park visitors and highlight environmental issues. For example the recent Blue Trees living artwork by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, which draws the attention of park visitors to deforestation by turning the park's living breathing trees a vivid bright blue.

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Parks and Recreation Planner, Mark Driver, said: "Participation in the Green Flag Awards is highly motivational for our team of staff and contractors whose dedication ensures that Pirrama Park continues to meet the expectations and diverse needs of residents and visitors". 

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