Ten thousand apartments will be built in Sydney’s Green Square over the next four years and the City of Sydney is busy approving recreational areas and parks to accommodate the expected population increase.

The council approval for the Green Square area comes in the form of a McGregor+Coxall public park to be called The Drying Green, so named after the area’s former wool washing industry.

The 6,200 sqm park will be located in the planned Zetland Avenue, east of Green Square station, and will serve residents and workers of the new Green Square Town centre that will be home to 6,800 people and a workplace for more than 8,000.

It will incorporate open grassed areas for informal small gatherings and places to play and include lawns, trees, barbeques, shade structures and picnic facilities.

The park will be located less than 100 metres from the new aquatic centre and Gunyama Park which has been designed by Andrew Burges Architects, in conjunction with Grimshaw and TCL and will Sydney’s largest aquatic centre since the 2000 Olympics.

It will also link the proposed Stewart Hollenstein and Stewart Architecture designed underground library at Green Square with the South Sydney hospital buildings which will see a creative adaption by Peter Stutchbury Architecture. 

The new park is one of more than 20 the City of Sydney is building in the Green Square area, where it has budgeted to spend $440 million over the next 10 years.

Construction of the park is due to begin in mid-2016 after demolition of disused buildings on the site and trunk drainage and remediation works are completed. Construction is expected to take a year.

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