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Local park wins international award

BY LUCAS BAIRD

Pirrama Park is one of the best green spaces in the world, according to an international organisation.

The Green Flag Award group has positioned itself as a judge of the very best parks in the world since it launched in the UK in 1996.

The group now judges parks from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, The Netherlands and the UAE.

The group has only given the award to six other parks in Australia, two of which are in the Sydney area.

The Green Flag Award group called Pirrama Park a “picturesque foreshore park,” and noted the park’s ability to facilitate passive recreation.

Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, Clover Moore, said the park was “first class.”

“Pirrama Park has quickly become one our most popular parks, attracting visitors from all over Sydney,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It takes a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make beautiful public spaces and keep them clean and welcoming for thousands of visitors every day.”

“This award is great recognition of the hard work and professionalism of our teams who work around the clock to give us beautiful green spaces for all the community to enjoy,” she said.

Pirrama Park has received awards in the past as well. In 2012, it won an  Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award for its design.

Development firms Aspect Sydney, Hill Thalis, CAB consulting, Connell Wagner and TLB Engineers all contributed to the design of the park.

The park includes several sustainable features which lead to its 2012 award, such as solar panels, energy efficient lighting, rainwater recapture and timber decking made from recycled materials.

The City of Sydney named the park to recognise its Indigenous history. In the Gadigal language Pirrama means ‘rocking stone’.

Pirrama Park is located on Pirrama Road in Pyrmont.