Prince Alfred Park
The City of Sydney’s transformation of Prince Alfred Park, including a year round open-air heated swimming pool has earned the NSW medal at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects state awards. The redesign by landscape architect Sue Barnsley Design, Neeson Murcutt Architects and the City represents the most extensive upgrade to the park in over 50 years, including new tennis and basketball courts, play areas and landscaping.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the 7.5-hectare park in Surry Hills had already proved a winner with thousands of residents, visitors and city workers.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architect Awards jury described Prince Alfred Park as an “exemplary landscape” in a changing urban environment.
“The redesign of Prince Alfred Park and Pool is a poetic reinterpretation of Sydney’s large 19th century city parks, and as such, is an outstanding contribution to Sydney’s heritage of urban parklands,” the jury said.
“The jury found the redesign of Prince Alfred Park to be not only environmentally responsible but also a lyrical response to a forgotten site.”
Landscape architect Sue Barnsley said it was a privilege to redesign one of the city’s most important outdoor spaces.
The City-funded Prince Alfred Park and Pool, designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects with Sue Barnsley Design, also won 2 awards in October: a highly commended award at the World Architecture Festival in the Landscape – Urban Category, and the Architecture Mixed Use Constructed category at the 2012 Sydney Design Awards.
Popular park in Surry Hills
One of Sydney’s most beloved public spaces, Prince Alfred Park has undergone a $9 million facelift.
The 7.5 hectare park offers plenty of green space and benches to sit and relax. New barbecue and picnic areas have been built with custom-designed tables and seating. There’s an off-leash area for your dog too.
Practise your stroke on 1 of the 5 tennis courts made of the same material used at the Australian Open. Basketball players can shoot some hoops in 2 new courts and an extra half-court, if they can tear their eyes away from the stunning Sydney skyline. Fitness stations can be found throughout the park.
Kids will adore the new playground and themed play area.
The redevelopment of the park included:
- an underground stormwater reuse system that will supply 95 per cent of the park’s water needs
- 5 new international competition standard tennis courts with the same Plexicushion surface used in Flinders Park, the home of the Australian Open
- 2 childrens playgrounds with seesaws, swings and custom-made play equipment
- a new exercise circuit with 3 fitness stations linked by a one-kilometre loop of accessible path for joggers, pedestrians, bikes, prams and wheelchairs
- 2 new basketball courts and an additional half-court with city skyline views
- new barbecues and family picnic areas with custom-designed tables and seating
- hundreds of new trees and plants including rainforest species and succulents including passionfruit vines, climbing frangipanis and citrus trees
- custom-designed energy-efficient lights throughout the park.
Prince Alfred Park Pool
Sydney’s newest 50 metre heated outdoor pool is now open.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore joined architect Rachel Neeson and students from nearby Redfern Jarjum College to celebrate the opening of this fantastic new facility on 13 May 2013.
For the next 6 months entry is free to all Sydneysiders, workers and visitors, so don’t miss this great opportunity to swim in the well-heated water while enjoying skyline views of the city.
Open all-year round it will provide fantastic views of the city skyline.
The pool is the City of Sydney’s first fully accessible, heated outdoor pool, with a ramp into the water ensuring everyone can use it.
This wonderful facility has bleachers and umbrellas, sky-lit change rooms, shaded areas and a landscaped sunbathing space. There is a splash deck play area for toddlers and new café. The surrounding area has been improved with new paths, furniture and lights.
The pool complex utilises the latest filtration systems, and incorporates the best in sustainable practices, including water-saving fixtures, stormwater harvesting and a green roof of native grasses to regulate temperature. The building also features animated chimneys that are functional public art pieces.
Neeson Murcutt Architects designed the beautiful facilities to integrate with the park.
Prince Alfred Park
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Last updated: Wednesday, 11 December 2013