Olympic Park is a destination park situated alongside a major tributary of the Whau River. The park was awarded the Outstanding Park Award 2007 by the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA), and has received Green Flag awards for Excellence on multiple occasions, an award which the park holds currently.
The park offers a state of the art playground, large open spaces and sports facilities. There is a variety of art in the park, from traditional inspired carvings to more modern abstract art. Environmental initiatives are run from a leased building on site, with volunteer groups helping to maintain and restore the ecology of the Whau River, and the wider park. Vegetated regions of the park have been specifically developed as a sanctuary for the endangered Avondale Spider.
Children can enjoy rope-climbing frames, traditional swings with a twist, or the flying fox and for the young ones, a large, sheltered sandpit filled with toys and activities. Sports fields and a velodrome are located in the park, as well as an open air stage for performances.
Upcoming initiatives include cycleway connections from the park to Avondale and New Lynn central along the New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path, and down the Whau River along the Te Whau Pathway.
Olympic Park has something for everyone to enjoy.