Ballast Point Park - Walama
Ballast Point is a 2.5 hectare foreshore park in Birchgrove, Sydney.
Formerly an industrial site for Caltex, the land was restored to provide walking paths, access for cyclists and green picnic spots with panoramic views to the city and Harbour Bridge.
One of the park's most interesting features is the way the site's history has been brought to life through design, art and poetry, including:
- Tank 101: a structure to symbolise the site's working harbour history , and
- Delicate Balance: an artwork that represents the use of sandstone from the site as ballast for European ships.
Aboriginal history has been recognised in a dual name for the park - Walama - which means 'to return', and highlights the area's transformation from industrial use back to nature.
Ballast Point Park also sets a new benchmark for sustainable park design and includes:
- wetland areas to filter the site's stormwater before it enters the harbour,
- walls, decks and seating made from recycled materials, and
- native trees, shrubs and grasses grown from locally collected seed.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority acquired the Ballast Point from Caltex in 2002 and successfully transformed the industrial site into a world-class parkland for Sydney.
Milestones achieved by the Authority
- 2002-05: Acquisition of site and related legal processes
- 2005-07: Public consultation and design development
- 2007-09: Remediation and construction
- 2009: Ballast Point Park opens
Ballast Point is still owned and managed by the Authority and is open to the public every day of the year.
Ballast Point Park has received multiple awards since opening, including:
- Australian Institute of Architects Small Project Architecture Commendation 2009
- Australian Institute of Landscape Architects NSW Special Jury Citation for New Directions 2009
- Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Award Highly Commended 2010
- Waterfront Centre (Washington DC) Top Honour Award 2010
Last update: Friday 02 October 2015