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Sydney Park covers more than 40 hectares and is a large recreational area in the inner-city area of Sydney. The parklands sit on the borders of the suburbs, St Peters and Alexandria.

2007 / 2008 an all-abilities children’s playground was constructed and is now used by many children. The new state-of- the-art playground (officially opened December 2008) allows all children, including those who use wheelchairs and those who have hearing and sight impairments, to enjoy the playground. The official opening coincided to celebrate International Day of People with disAbility 2008.

My photograph shows the playground in the middle FG. These chimneys are part of the remains of the old brickworks site. The chimneys, some brick kilns and various pieces of large brickwork machinery were renovated and incorporated as a feature entrance to the park. In the 1870s these brickworks were an important brick making centre. The brickworks closed after World War II and for most of the 1960s and 1970s the site was used as a rubbish tip with the vast clay pits eventually filled by domestic and commercial refuse. After the tip closed in the 1980s, the area was covered, landscaped and revegetated so that several large artificial hills were created with sweeping views south to Botany Bay and north to the city.

In WS you will find a more detailed view of the all abilities playground.

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