Please note that some of the venue and/or date and time information of the activities listed is subject to change. The most up-to-date information for most of these activities is Page 2 of the latest What's On.
Dogs are allowed off-leash at all times in Giba Park in Point Street.
Dogs must be on-leash at all times in Pirrama Park, Cadi Park and Refinery Square.
Although Council has approved three parks – Waterfront, Giba and Metcalfe – as off-leash, unfortunately Waterfront and Metcalfe Parks are still under the control of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA), yet to be handed to Council. Before that happens, Council’s decision can’t be implemented in those parks.
Council rangers patrol all the parks and respond to complaints, especially in the Pirrama Park playground and Cadi Park.
Under the Companion Animals Act, dogs are required to be under the effective control of their owners at all times, whether they are on- or off-leash. In Waterfront Park (as in all other parks), dogs are not allowed in areas around BBQs and the children's playground.
You can download a SMH column about dogs in dog parks here, and find lots of useful information about training and caring for dogs here.
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Pyrmont Ultimo Landcare welcomes new volunteers: every Wednesday from 8.30 to 11am between Jacksons Landing and the Fish Market, ring Mary on 0410 679 204 to find out where; every Sunday from 8.30am to 12noon next to the Wentworth Park light rail station. And visit our website.
Sing in the Pyrmont Community Centre in Mount Street every Tuesday from 6.15 to 7.30pm; then come to dinner somewhere local. You don’t have to be good – just give it a go! We have choir practice with a professional choir director, and an experienced pianist. We sing at the Christmas celebration and Carols by Candlelight, and have sung at a fundraising concert at St Bede's Catholic Church, the Pyrmont Food, Wine and Art Festival and other community events. Enquiries Mary 0410 679 204.
"Grow old disgracefully" – free! A group meets for aquarobics in the Glasshouse pool every Tuesday and Friday morning from 10-10.45am. Then most of us go for coffee and a chat. For enquiries, contact Nimira on 0424 750 130.
Pyrmont Community Dinner is held on the last Friday of every month at the Pyrmont Community Centre. It is hosted by different community groups, and everyone is welcome. Bring your own drink and a donation. Enquiries Centre 02 9298 3134.
Come for a drink on Friday night from 7pm at the Pyrmont Point Hotel. This location changes from time to time. For the most reliable location update, check with the latest What's On on Page 2. Some people go for dinner together afterwards. Enquiries Regina 02 9518 7235
Do you like to knit, sew or crochet? A group of residents is knitting squares to make warm wraps. Wrap With Love, an Australian volunteer organisation, sends the wraps where they are needed.
You need 8 ply wool (about 1 ball per square) and size 4mm (old 8) knitting needles. To make a 25cm square, cast on about 50 stitches (depending on your tension). Knit in any pattern except stocking stitch (garter stitch is easiest – all plain). Stripes are fine if you don’t have enough of one colour. If you don't knit any more, but have spare wool, others will happily use it. And if you'd like to learn, we can help you with that too. We especially welcome people willing to sew up the wraps. Since 2006 we have sent off over 240 completed wraps – and perhaps we've saved more than 240 people from dying of cold!
Ring Mary on 9518 8681 to contribute your square(s) and/or wool, or have a chat about getting involved. We meet at the Station about every 6 weeks to put the squares together. Check the calendar or Jacksons Landing What's On for the next get-together – usually a Saturday morning from 9 to 10am at the Station.
Morning coffee and a chat
Come to coffee at the Zebra Lounge, 1 Harris Street, any Wednesday between 10.30 and 11.30am and meet some neighbours. Make new friends and catch up with old ones. Newcomers are especially welcome. Contact Regina on 02 9518 7235, or just turn up.
Join other residents for social tennis – you don't have to be very good! Everyone is welcome on Thursday mornings from 9-11am and Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm in winter (May to September) and 4-6pm in summer (October to April) at the tennis courts in John Street, and you don't need to book. The first to arrive can pick up the key from the Gatehouse and get started. And we often go for a drink afterwards! For enquiries ring Ferdinand on 0414 566 644 (Thursdays) or Regina on 02 9518 7235 (Sundays).
Culture at Work
ART THINK & PLAY: Fun, creative art workshops, on the first Saturday of the month in school terms. Bring an old shirt or apron and comfortable clothes.
Family workshops: 10-11.30am, $10 per child, parents free
Teen workshops: 12.30-3pm, $25 per teen
6 – 8 Scott Street Pyrmont
Bookings essential, cash only
Tel: 02 9518 8813, Email: , Web: www.cultureatwork.com.au
Click here to download more information including dates.
Get fitter, stronger and healthier, meet new people and have some fun.
Several dragon boat clubs operate from the Bank Street waterfront, next to the abutment to the old Glebe Island Bridge.
One local club is ACCA Dragon Boat Racing Club, which invites you to come and have a trial session with them. ACCA was established over 25 years ago and are sponsored by the Sydney Fish Market. Everyone is welcome – whatever your fitness level. ACCA train Sundays: 8:45 – 10:30 am and Tuesday/Thursday: 6:45 -8:15pm from 1 Bank Street Pyrmont. If you would like more information please call Sue Durman on 0414 549 003 or just come along to one of the training sessions.
The Flying Dragons Club also meets under the Anzac Bridge in Bank St. They train on Sundays 9-11am Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm, and also welcome new members. Email or call Lily on 0432 238 943.
Strength and fitness for seniors
A strength training circuit for seniors is very popular, happens in the Pyrmont Community Centre, every Tuesday and Thursday 2-3pm. $4.50 a session, or you can join the Centre's fitness program ($50 for 3 months), which includes free use of the equipment at other times as well.
Strength training is highly desirable for seniors. An exercise regime is a fun workout with low-intensity weights. Among other benefits, it increases lean muscle mass, joint function, flexibility and balance, and bone density. Run by John ‘Sparrow’ Dowse, fitness professional and dedicated seniors exercise and well-being coach – and a former Wallaby – it aims to help seniors build their strength and fitness in a non-threatening and encouraging atmosphere.
Details from the Pyrmont Community Centre, 02 9298 3130, or call Sparrow on 0417 653 271.
Boot camps in our area include:
Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 6.30-7.15am at Pyrmont Point Park
Tuesday and Thursday nights, 6.15-7pm at Wentworth Park.
For more details, see see our Other services contact page, under Personal fitness / Group training.
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Bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and join the Pyrmont Walking Group on Wednesdays starting at 9.30am: 50 minutes brisk walk then tea/coffee. We gather at the Pyrmont Community Centre and do local walks, but we intend to roam further afield as the group grows and ideas surface. All are welcome. If Wednesday doesn’t suit but you’d like to walk on another day contact Barbara on 0417 923 394 or email