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Ride through

One of Open Hearth Park’s greatest new opportunities is its multi-use paths, which make it a fantastic place for a bike ride.

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<p>Riding a bike through your local park should be relaxing. But who says it can’t also be inspiring and thought provoking?</p> <p>At the former Sydney Tar Ponds, our challenge was to transform an unusable space into a community amenity.</p> <p>We did that by rolling out four kilometres of multi-use path dotted with points of interest that serve and speak to the Sydney community.</p> <p>Salvaged steel mill relics from Sydney’s past mark the sides of the trail. From blocks of ore to old steel plant mechanisms, each piece says something about the industry that defined Sydney for a century.</p> <p>If you need a meeting spot or a pit stop, scattered benches and strategically placed gazebos are never too far away.</p> <p>When the winter months come around, park staff convert one area into a skating rink.</p> <p>And, if you’re lucky, the amphitheater might have a live performance featuring local players and works of Shakespeare.&nbsp; The open air performance space has featured headliners like Blue Rodeo and Aerosmith and one of the best rib festivals that you’ll ever find.</p> <p>If you’re out with some junior cyclists, you can always stop at the playground or concession to cool off and fill the tanks after visiting the young cyclists outdoor learning center.</p> <p>Every once in a while, you also get to share the trails with charity events like the Terry Fox Run.</p> <p>The park isn’t just one-sided, either. Multi-use bridges open up both shores of Muggah Creek for park goers to experience.</p> <p>The new, 125-acre park reconnects three neighborhoods, creates a wildlife habitat, and opens up a wide expanse of waterfront for visitors to enjoy, and it’s a pretty cool place for a bike ride.</p>

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