Two of Citywide’s most iconic parks have been recognised as world-leading public parklands by winning the prestigious Green Flag Award.
Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens and Sydney’s Hyde Park are both maintained by Citywide on behalf of the City of Melbourne and City of Sydney councils, and were two out of only 12 Green Flag Awards recipients across Australia and New Zealand.
The Green Flag Award scheme, recognised internationally, assesses the quality of parks across a number of categories, including their safety, quality of the facilities, management of environment historic features, and as great places for people to play and recreate.
Managing Director Kerry Osborne expressed pride in receiving this award: “It’s great to see the hard work and dedication our Citywide crews put into these gardens recognised on a world stage,” he said. “There are many old and treasured green spaces and trees that need to be cared for in a variety of different ways, and to be successful in attaining the award for both Sydney’s Hyde Park and Melbourne’s Fitzroy gardens is indicative of the talent and attention devoted to maintaining them”.
Melbourne is widely known for its generous and beautiful suite of parks and gardens and Fitzroy Gardens is one of the most iconic. It continues to provide a premier experience to many national and international visitors and the judges commended both the presentation and overall management of the park. Operationally the new depot, with its sustainability measures was noted as leading practice.
Spread across 26 hectares in East Melbourne, the Fitzroy Gardens also feature the River God Fountain and Dolphin Fountain, the Fairies’ Tree, a model Tudor Village and a number of other statues and structures. As part of this award, a green flag has been raised adjacent to the Propagator’s Cottage, near the Wellington Parade and Lansdowne Street entry and will remain there until January 2014.
Further North in Sydney, the State Heritage listed Hyde Park is Australia’s oldest park. The 16ha park contains the ANZAC Memorial Building, various monuments, public art and themed gardens. The park hosts about 580 trees and diverse horticultural plantings, including annual and perennial garden beds. Public amenities include public toilets, drinking water, cafes, shelter, shade and seating. The park attracts intense year-round visitation by local residents, workers, interstate and international tourists. Visitor surveys indicate the park is enjoyed for a range of passive recreation. School children and other groups visit the park on organised educational trips.