Gunyama Park Aquatic Recreation Centre and Gunyama Park

Inspired by the beach pools of Sydney, the winning design for Gunyama Park and the Gunyama Park Aquatic Recreation Centre was created by Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and TCL. The design will create a beautiful venue for the community which is as much about relaxing as swimming.

The design features a 50 metre outdoor pool set within a large, irregular shaped ‘beach pool’, indoor pools and gym, all set within a beautiful park with play equipment, boardwalk and native landscaping.

The proposal has been endorsed by Council and a Development Application was lodged in 2016.

Construction of Gunyama Park and the Aquatic Centre is expected to commence in 2017 and be completed and ready to open in 2019.

The competition

In early 2014 we called for architectural design competition entries for a recreation park and aquatic centre in the Green Square area and received 144 stunning designs. These designs were exhibited for public feedback online and at the Tote during May. Public feedback was provided to the Jury to utilise as part of their deliberations. From five finalists, the jury has chosen our winning design by Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and T.C.L.

Naming the centre

We have sought community feedback on potential names for the new Aquatic Centre at the Green Square Have Your Say day on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at East Village Shopping Centre and the Green Square is Here day on Saturday 27th July 2015 at Beaconsfield Park. The two names that have emerged as the favourites were: Gunyama Park Aquatic Recreation Centre (GPARC) and Green Square Aquatic Centre (GSAC). You can see our news article on the meaning behind the names.

The endorsed name for the Aquatic Centre is Gunyama Park Aquatic Recreation Centre.

Inspired by the beach pools of Sydney, the winning design for Gunyama Park and the Gunyama Park Aquatic Recreation Centre was created by Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and TCL. The design will create a beautiful venue for the community which is as much about relaxing as swimming.

The design features a 50 metre outdoor pool set within a large, irregular shaped ‘beach pool’, indoor pools and gym, all set within a beautiful park with play equipment, boardwalk and native landscaping.

The proposal has been endorsed by Council and a Development Application was lodged in 2016.

Construction of Gunyama Park and the Aquatic Centre is expected to commence in 2017 and be completed and ready to open in 2019.

The competition

In early 2014 we called for architectural design competition entries for a recreation park and aquatic centre in the Green Square area and received 144 stunning designs. These designs were exhibited for public feedback online and at the Tote during May. Public feedback was provided to the Jury to utilise as part of their deliberations. From five finalists, the jury has chosen our winning design by Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and T.C.L.

Naming the centre

We have sought community feedback on potential names for the new Aquatic Centre at the Green Square Have Your Say day on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at East Village Shopping Centre and the Green Square is Here day on Saturday 27th July 2015 at Beaconsfield Park. The two names that have emerged as the favourites were: Gunyama Park Aquatic Recreation Centre (GPARC) and Green Square Aquatic Centre (GSAC). You can see our news article on the meaning behind the names.

The endorsed name for the Aquatic Centre is Gunyama Park Aquatic Recreation Centre.

  • Development Application lodged & on exhibition

    12 months ago

    The Development Application (D/2016/824) for Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is now on exhibition. You can view the plans and documentation and make a submission until 29 July 2016.

    The Development Application (D/2016/824) for Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is now on exhibition. You can view the plans and documentation and make a submission until 29 July 2016.

  • What's in a name?

    almost 2 years ago

    Many places and streets have been named to reflect the historical significance of the area.

    The new Aquatic Centre will be located in the Gunyama Park precinct.

    "Gunyama" is an Aboriginal Sydney language word meaning “wind from the south-west”. Strong southerlies regularly blew through the district.

    Green Square is named after Frederick Green MLA (b.1900-d.1983), an alderman of Alexandria Council, 1934-1948, who served as Mayor three times (1937, 1938, 1945). He was a member of the ALP Beaconsfield branch, and was the Member for Redfern in NSW Parliament 1950-1968. A small reserve at the junction of O’Riordan Street and Botany Road was named after Green in 1938. It commemorated his tireless promotion of industry and jobs in the district, and his role in promoting the sealing and widening of these major thoroughfares.

    Other names we surveyed this year, but were less popular, included:

    • Green Square Leisure Centre
    • Green Square Aquatic Leisure Centre
    • Green Square Aquatic Recreation Centre
    • Gunyama Park Leisure Centre
    • Gunyama Park Aquatic Leisure Centre.


    Many places and streets have been named to reflect the historical significance of the area.

    The new Aquatic Centre will be located in the Gunyama Park precinct.

    "Gunyama" is an Aboriginal Sydney language word meaning “wind from the south-west”. Strong southerlies regularly blew through the district.

    Green Square is named after Frederick Green MLA (b.1900-d.1983), an alderman of Alexandria Council, 1934-1948, who served as Mayor three times (1937, 1938, 1945). He was a member of the ALP Beaconsfield branch, and was the Member for Redfern in NSW Parliament 1950-1968. A small reserve at the junction of O’Riordan Street and Botany Road was named after Green in 1938. It commemorated his tireless promotion of industry and jobs in the district, and his role in promoting the sealing and widening of these major thoroughfares.

    Other names we surveyed this year, but were less popular, included:

    • Green Square Leisure Centre
    • Green Square Aquatic Leisure Centre
    • Green Square Aquatic Recreation Centre
    • Gunyama Park Leisure Centre
    • Gunyama Park Aquatic Leisure Centre.


  • Listening to your feedback

    almost 2 years ago

    Since the announcement of the winning design in November 2014, our design team has been busy working with our winning architects and project team to showcase the design and seek feedback from the community, our future users, on the layout and functionality of the Gunyama Park and the Green Square Aquatic Centre.

    We've spoken to people at the Green Square Have Your Say day on the 2nd May at East Village Shopping Centre and the Green Square is Here Day, as well as the Good Neighbourhood BBQ in April, and the monthly InfoHub at the Green Square Markets in Joynton... Continue reading

    Since the announcement of the winning design in November 2014, our design team has been busy working with our winning architects and project team to showcase the design and seek feedback from the community, our future users, on the layout and functionality of the Gunyama Park and the Green Square Aquatic Centre.

    We've spoken to people at the Green Square Have Your Say day on the 2nd May at East Village Shopping Centre and the Green Square is Here Day, as well as the Good Neighbourhood BBQ in April, and the monthly InfoHub at the Green Square Markets in Joynton Park. We're also working closely with members of the WAVES group on the new hydrotherapy pool, and key groups including the Royal Lifesaving Society and the City of Sydney's Design Advisory Panel.

    The focus areas of our consultation have included:

    • Playground equipment for the water play area (the water playground, musical keyboard and water umbrella were favourites)
    • Naming options for the Centre (check out our poll)
    • The style and food and beverage that will be available at the future café (so far we've heard you want casual dining with table service, healthy food and of course great tea and coffee)
    • Functionality and layout of the design (you told us to consider safe areas for little ones, as well as areas for teenagers)

    We've had great feedback from the community who are excited about the new facilities coming to Green Square as well as specific input that is informing our design development. Check out the video from the Have Your Say day and photos from our interactive voting activity!

  • Winner Announced

    over 2 years ago
    View of 50 metre pool

    The winning design was announced in 2014 as Andrew Burges Architects with Grimshaw and T.C.L.

    The design features a 50 metre outdoor pool set within a large, irregular shaped ‘beach pool’, indoor pools and gym, all set within a beautiful park with play equipment, boardwalk and native landscaping.

    Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre have been designed to create a leisure and fitness complex with something for everyone. It will be a place to catch up with friends and family, enjoy some quiet time in the open air, do serious exercise or meet up with your sports team for... Continue reading

    The winning design was announced in 2014 as Andrew Burges Architects with Grimshaw and T.C.L.

    The design features a 50 metre outdoor pool set within a large, irregular shaped ‘beach pool’, indoor pools and gym, all set within a beautiful park with play equipment, boardwalk and native landscaping.

    Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre have been designed to create a leisure and fitness complex with something for everyone. It will be a place to catch up with friends and family, enjoy some quiet time in the open air, do serious exercise or meet up with your sports team for training.

    The design includes:
    • A 50 metre heated outdoor pool with space for lap swimming and play
    • A 25 metre program pool for swimming lessons
    • An indoor leisure pool with a range of interactive toys, including water spraying devices and tipping buckets
    • A hydrotherapy pool
    • A crèche with indoor and outdoor play areas
    • A full-size outdoor synthetic multipurpose sports playfield
    • A fully equipped gymnasium and outdoor training circuit
    • An outdoor playground and boardwalk
    • Plants and landscaping inspired by the area’s indigenous heritage.
    The City of Sydney is consulting with key user groups and the community as part of the refinement and development of the concept design.
  • The Top 5

    about 3 years ago
    Prince alfred park pool thumb

    We will announce the top five entries from the design competition on Tuesday June 17. 

    These entrants will prepare more detailed designs and the winner of the competition will be selected from the final five.  

    Thank you for all your comments on the Stage 1 design. Staff are now putting your comments together in a report which they will then give to the jury.

    Make sure you check the design competition page for more information


    We will announce the top five entries from the design competition on Tuesday June 17. 

    These entrants will prepare more detailed designs and the winner of the competition will be selected from the final five.  

    Thank you for all your comments on the Stage 1 design. Staff are now putting your comments together in a report which they will then give to the jury.

    Make sure you check the design competition page for more information