Paddington Reservoir is a brand new urban park in the Sydney suburb of Paddington (funnily enough). It opened on 29th March 2009 and I finally got a chance to have a wander around a couple of weeks ago. What makes this space really interesting is it’s history. It started life as a water reservoir in 1878 and lasted until 1899.
It then became a garage and workshop for the Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board, and later a service station, until it was acquired by the Paddington Municipal Council for much-needed open space.
Then from 1934, the lower level was leased as a commercial garage. That was how it remained until 1991, when sections of the roof collapsed and the reserve was closed to the public. It has remained in a state of decay ever since.
The revitalisation has made excellent use of the space and kept many original features creating and fascinating mixture of old and new elements. But if you check out the images you’ll see what i’m on about.