Wave Park Group has announced plans for a surf park in Sydney. Developers of the project say it will bring an authentic surfing experience to an urban setting and also work as a pressure-valve to relieve crowded Sydney lineups.
Last month the group hit the surfing world with news that Melbourne would be getting its own surf park.
The proposed $26million park will be built on the site of an old parking lot at Olympic Park and will offer night surfing. In a press release the company said: “Sydney is blessed with a large number of surfing beaches, but access to those beaches and crowding in the line-up is becoming an increasing issue.”
The pool will have a north-south lagoon orientation to suit prevailing wind conditions and include LED lagoon lighting. Surf from two-to-six-feet will be on offer with different sections of the pool set for different surfing abilities.
The proposed park will be situated less than a kilometre from the Olympic Park train station, and immediately adjacent to a likely station location on the future $1bn Parramatta Light Rail line, URBNSURF Sydney will be accessible to over 2 million Sydney residents in under 30 minutes.
Sydney’s Olympic Park and is scheduled to open in the middle of 2018.
“URBNSURF Sydney will provide an authentic alternative to ocean-based surfing and provide another opportunity for Sydney based surfers and those wanting to learn to surf to surf more safely, more easily and more often,” URBNSURF added.
The group said that Surfing is a sport actively enjoyed by more than 200,000 Sydney residents and has a higher participation rate in NSW than Rugby League (2x), Basketball, Netball, Cricket, Hockey, Squash, Volleyball, AFL, Yoga and Fishing.