With more than 40 parks emerging across Green Square, there’ll be plenty of places for family and friends to gather, relax and play.

The 6,200 square metre Drying Green will provide a central green space for residents, workers and visitors in the Green Square town centre.

Green Square’s new public swimming pool will be set in Gunyama Park, a landscaped recreation area with picnic and play areas, boardwalks and all-weather sports field. The City is designing parks of all sizes in and around Green Square for passive recreation, adult fitness and active play.

We’re creating places where children can have adventures, ride scooters and skateboards. We’re catering to young people by building multi-purpose spaces featuring climbing walls and basketball courts while older residents will enjoy walking paths, gardens and reflective spaces.

The City has named these new parks after Green Square’s rich past.

Mulgu Park

Mulgu means black swan in the Sydney language. Black swans were common in the Waterloo wetlands. Mulgu Park was part of the Upper Dam where the Rose Valley wool wash operated. By 1908 the swamp and dams were filled and levelled for the Victoria Park racecourse.

Drawing on Waterloo’s market garden history, the City is planting fruit trees and passionfruit climbers and creating a community garden filled with lilly pilly trees and finger limes.

Mulgu Park is imagined as a local backyard for residents featuring communal tables, seating and barbecues.

Dyuralya Square

Dyuralya means brolga in the Sydney language. These water birds were often seen in the area before industrialisation.

Dyuralya Square will be the civic heart of the Lachlan precinct. It will be a relaxing community meeting place with flexible spaces for small events, markets and performances.

The square will feature trees, a grass lawn, garden terraces, a paved courtyard, public art and seating that reflects old factory and terrace alignments. The City is using materials associated with the site’s heritage, such as recycled bricks, to create a sense of place.

We are creating a new footpath and cycleway next to the square. This work is part of plans to improve connections for people walking and riding bikes in the city and around Green Square and Waterloo.

The square will also feature raingarden beds to help capture and slow the movement of stormwater.

Ropewalk Park

In 1865, Archibald Forsyth established the Australian Rope Works on the corner of Bourke Street and Lachlan Street. It was Sydney’s first rope and cordage manufactory and for over 100 years was a principal industry of the colony.

A ropewalk is a long low building or walkway where rope is twisted into lengths. The location and linear shape of Ropewalk Park will reflect Forsyth’s original ropewalk.

Wulaba Park

Wulaba means rock wallaby in the Sydney language. Wallabies were a regular sight around Waterloo before development.

Wulaba Park offers apartment dwellers access to a garden experience. A play island for children will be interwoven into the park featuring natural play features like rocks and plants while a plaza will provide picnic spots, chess tables and table tennis under the trees.

The City commissioned artist Nuha Saad to produce a unique artwork integrated into the park’s play equipment.

Matron Ruby Grant Park

The Royal South Sydney Hospital opened in 1913. The Sydney Morning Herald described it as “a fine block of hospital buildings equipped in the most modern style”.

It played an important role in nurse training, and adapted and grew to cope with changing populations and medical practice. It closed in 2003.

Miss Ruby Jane Grant was Matron of Royal South Sydney Hospital for 20 years from 1928 to 1947 and president of the NSW Nurses’ Association from 1933 to 1937.

She provided leadership for generations of nurses and was an early activist in improving working practices and conditions for nurses.

Matron Ruby Grant Park sits between the former nurses’ quarters and pathology building in our new community and cultural precinct. The park provides open space and a playground for toddlers.

The park has elegant outdoor furniture and a sculpted dune formation in the main lawn that creates space for live performances.

Stormwater is harvested from the surrounding roofs and paved surfaces.