Olympic legacy is very topical, now that the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games have drawn to a close.
Sydney Olympic Park is considered one of the most successful example of lasting Olympic legacy and we are committed to ensuring the Olympic Legacy lives on.
With our diverse array of plant life in the Park, planting trees with a strong connection to the Games is something we pride ourselves on. In the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Games, rows of ornamental Manchurian Pear trees were planted around the train station. With heart-shaped leaves and spectacular autumn colour, the Manchurian Pears bloom with scented white flowers in September, marking the occasion of the Opening Ceremony.
To continue this tradition, pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ trees or more commonly known as Callery Pear Trees have been planted along Murray Rose Avenue outside the new NRMA building. Callery Pear Trees also grow spring flowers, have spectacular autumn foliage and provide summer shade.
The improvement works along Murray Rose Avenue will not only see the planting of these trees, but also improved pavement surfacing from asphalt to durable ‘large format’ pavers and instillation of ‘heel safe’ (and café chair friendly) tree grates at the base of each replacement street tree.
Sydney Olympic Park is not only a place of living, learning and working, but also a place to stop and take in the beautiful scenery. Take the time to walk along Murray Rose Avenue and have a look at the new Callery Pear Trees, stopping to grab a coffee at one of the many great cafes along the way.
The Rio Paralympic Games are well underway and our athletes are in the best shape we’ve ever seen with the medal tally stacking up higher and higher by the day.
Our athletes have shown tremendous strength, resilience and humility and we are proud to have them represent our nation at the Games.
The Australian Paralympic Committee is based in Sydney Olympic Park with their headquarters having been grounded here for over a decade. Many of our Paralympic athletes use the facilities in the Park to train and compete in preparation for the Games.
Here at Sydney Olympic Park, the legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games is something that burns bright in our minds and what better way to celebrate this than to light the Olympic Cauldron one last time this year for the 16th anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Games.
Head to Jacaranda Square on Thursday 15 September to watch our Aussie athletes take on the rest of the world and then follow us to Cathy Freeman Park to light the Cauldron in honour of the 16th anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games!
Screening of the Paralympic Games –
When: Thursday 15 September – Sunday 18 September, 5am – 11am
Where: Jacaranda Square, Park St
Lighting of the Cauldron –
When: Thursday 15 September, 12pm – 4pm
Where: Cathy Freeman Park
Spring has begun and as the weather gets warmer, our eaglet gets bigger!
With mum and dad ensuring their eaglet is growing stronger by the day (with dad putting in the hard work to provide prey); the young one is losing its white fluffy down and growing real feathers just like its parents. This means that it will be able to thermo-regulate and will require less brooding by the adults.
The little one is growing more independent by the day, with longer and stronger legs meaning it can now stand and move about the nest as well as grab at food and start to feed itself.
Don’t miss your chance to watch the eaglet keep growing and eventually spread its wings; get onto our EagleCAM now and see for yourself!
Free bird walks are hosted on the last Sunday of every month at the BirdLife Discovery Centre; run by BirdLife Australia. It is open to the public every weekend at Newington Armory, so bring the family for a fun day out!
There is no doubt that creating art has positive benefits to children’s health; but it is knowing that you have put a smile on a child’s face who needs an escape from the reality of medical tests, procedures and treatments that is most valuable.
That is what Operation Art is – the opportunity for children to create a piece of work that will brighten a hospital room and give hope to the kids who are in them. It builds a community that is open to expressing feelings and building confidence in our youth.
The 22nd annual Operation Art exhibition will see student artworks from all over New South Wales channel creativity and positivity in the hope to make unwell children smile.
Operation Art Project Officer, Lisa van den Dolder, said the artworks on display this year reinforced the power artwork has to influence mood and emotion.
“You can’t help but smile as you walk around the exhibition. The artworks are all so bright, colourful and optimistic, truly reflecting what Operation Art is all about – cheering up children in hospital,” she said.
“This year we have more schools participate in Operation Art than ever before and it is really inspiring to know that behind each of these artworks is a student who wants to help their peers towards recovery. For children in hospital, art offers a place to escape from the real world of tests, procedures and treatments and provides them with a space for their imaginations to thrive and I think the students this year have really understood that.”
The event will also include family activities, science workshops hosted by ANSTO and performances by featured artists from this year’s Schools Spectacular, the NSW Public Schools Millennium Marching Band and the PULSE Public Schools Big Band.
The exhibition is open to everyone, so come along and immerse yourself in the display of hope and sincerity that is Operation Art.