SYDNEY.- The City's magnificent restoration of Paddington Reservoir Gardens will be opened on Sunday 29 March, with a celebration including entertainment, afternoon tea and a photographic exhibition.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the Paddington Reservoir Gardens have been developed in consultation with the local community. The new open space and cultural facility restores the civic precinct, linking to Paddington Town Hall, the Post Office and historic Juniper Hall.
"The City's work breathes life into this historic site, which has been closed to the public since sections of the roof collapsed in 1993," Ms Moore said.
"The park on the reservoir roof has been completely reconstructed and a stunning new sunken garden has been established in the reservoir's western chamber. Some vibrant graffiti art has been preserved in the eastern chamber, which provides a new space for community and cultural activities. Special lighting highlights the beautiful new timber work and stunning stone of the reservoir. New stairs and viewing platforms now provide access to the chambers."
Originally the site of an Anglican Church School, the State Heritage listed Paddington Reservoir consists of two 1,023 square metre chambers built in 1866 and 1878 respectively. The reservoir is a fine example of 19th century public architecture and an important record of Australian construction methods and materials. It played a key role in Sydney's early water supply system but was decommissioned in 1899, becoming a workshop and parking garage for Sydney Water.
The official opening will feature an exhibition of photographs of the restoration of the park and entertainment from bands Waiting For Guinness and the James Muller Trio, and from the ERTH Visual and Physical Theatre. Free afternoon tea will be available for the first 1000 visitors.