City of Sydney Councillors have approved a plan to build the Green Square Aquatic Centre along with a full-size, synthetic multi-purpose playing field at the new Gunyama Park at Zetland, near to the Green Square Town Centre.
The council will hold an architecture competition similar to one held for the Green Square Library and plaza that selected an innovative below-ground design by two young Sydney architects as the winner from 167 entries.
Architects will be asked to design an aquatic centre with a 50-metre pool, a 25-metre pool, a hydrotherapy pool and indoor water play area for children. On the same site will be a new 1.6 hectare park called Gunyama Park which will include a children’s playground and outdoor circuit training site as well as the multi-purpose playing field.
Located just four kilometres south of the city centre, Green Square is one of the fastest growing urban redevelopment areas in the country with 53,000 people expected to be living there by 2030.
The new aquatic centre will be built on vacant land Joynton Avenue in Zetland which was once an industrial site and will be easily accessible from the Green Square Town Centre, the city centre and the airport.
It will be connected to walking, cycling and main public transport routes, and will have underground parking for up to 100 cars.
Once the design is finalised, a development application will be lodged. Construction is expected to take at least two years, allowing the centre and park to open in 2018.
Download the City of Sydney discussion document.