Pirrama Park (formerly Pyrmont Point Park) is on land known as Pirrama to the Eora people. In 1875 Pyrmont Public Baths opened on Pyrmont Point and a ferry wharf operated until the tram service along Harris Street began in 1901.
In 1929 the Sydney Harbour Trust resolved to demolish the baths but public opposition delayed the plan until 1945. The wharves were in decline by the 1970s and Pyrmont Point was largely open ground except for a compound for the Water Police. The sculpture ‘Tied to Tide’ by Jenny Turpin and Michaelie Crawford was installed in 1999.
As the neighbouring CSR site became Jacksons Landing, the State government planned to redevelop Pyrmont Point as residential towers. In 2004 the Friends of Pyrmont Point was formed, to keep the land as public open space. The campaign was assisted by Clover Moore, Jack Mundey and Green Bans, and in 2005 the site was sold to the City of Sydney for a waterfront park and passive recreation.
Pirrama Park occupies 1.8 hectares of harbourside space. The landscaped site includes a playground, toilets and barbecues. The park has a sheltered bay and a floating pontoon for the use of private boats. The Stevedore Walk tribute marks the area’s history of wharves and dock workers.