Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Inspired by Sydney’s famous ocean swimming spots, the City of Sydney’s new Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre will offer great swimming experiences.

It will be the largest pool complex built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics.

From children playing and friends taking a dip to serious swimmers improving lap times – there will be something for everyone.

There will also be plenty of outdoor space to relax and play in, including a playground and picnic facilities, a fitness training circuit and a 4,950sqm multipurpose sports field.


  • 50m heated outdoor pool set within a larger, irregular shaped 'beach pool'.
  • 25m heated indoor program pool.
  • Indoor leisure pool.
  • Heated hydrotherapy pool.
  • Health and fitness centre and covered outdoor yoga deck.
  • Bangala, a new public artwork by Aunty Julie Freeman (Eora/Yuin) with Jonathan Jones (Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi).


Inspiring design excellence

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is a pool designed for Sydney – creative, beautiful and practical. It will feel like you're stepping onto an urban beach.

The City is proud to be one of the few Australian organisations conducting open architecture competitions to find the most beautiful, functional and sustainably designed buildings.

In 2014, 144 architects submitted designs, which were exhibited for public feedback that was used in the jury’s deliberations.

Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and TCL created the winning design – an urban beach pool seamlessly integrating into a park.

“This will be a beautifully conceived, unique community experience.” Jury panel “Not just for fitness fanatics, this is a place for all people to enjoy the centre in different ways – even if it’s simply reading the paper in the sun and enjoying the occasional dip.” Andrew Burges of Andrew Burges Architects

Sustainability leader

We have designed an innovative energy co-generation system to heat and power the centre. It will give us flexibility in managing energy consumption and help us reduce our carbon footprint. It will also make the centre significantly cheaper to run every year.

A large array of solar panels on the roof of the centre will connect to the City’s local electricity network in the Green Infrastructure Centre in Joynton Avenue.

This means surplus electricity will be used to power buildings in the neighbouring community and cultural precinct.

Architect's render of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Designed by Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw Architects and TCL.

Stage one construction begins: early 2018

Stage one expected completion: late 2020

Construction update

Due to the impacts of Covid-19, completion of the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Green Square has been delayed.

While we are waiting on the delivery of items needed to complete the indoor pool area, work continues on the multipurpose sports field and the centre’s internal finishings.

We have been undertaking some quiet tiling and finishing work at night to ensure we better enact social distancing measures on site and finish this much awaited community facility soon. We expect completion will now be late 2020.

Contact: Green Square Community Relations on 1800 300 005 or

Architect's render of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

What does Gunyama mean?

During the 1850s Waterloo was a smelly place. Strong southerlies blew through the area and noxious trades dealing in animal skins gave the southwest wind a distinctive presence. The Sydney Aboriginal language word gunyama means “wind from the south-west” while an associated word, gunyamara means “stink!”