Blooming into the Games

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.

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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.

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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.

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Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

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