Cook and Philip Park is a small but valuable recreation space in the heart of Sydney central business district and is a quick walk across Hyde Park towards Darlinghurst, from the main shopping district. This space was originally established to provide office workers with more recreation options in a crowded, and ever-growing city.
The park itself is relatively small and features architectural stair-like structures that cascade down a hill to green grass areas. There is definitely space to picnic or take a lunch break from your office in this small park, however the true value is in the sporting centre that is built into the hill.
If you stand up on the road level at Cook and Philip Park, you can view the lap pools through the glass ceiling, and even watch elite athletes in the outdoor strength and conditioning area. Inside the recreation centre, you can find multiple heated pools, including a hydrotherapy pool. Basketball courts and a full gymnasium are also included in the centre. The outdoor training area is targeted at athletes who seek a broad and functional strength and conditioning program, and even if you don't join in the training yourself, it is impressive to see them boxing, flipping tires and climbing ropes, while in an inner-city environment.
This is a very popular destination, and peak times include lunch breaks and evenings after the offices have closed. On weekends, a younger crowd appears, including parents and their young children who are participating in swimming lessons. Cook and Philip Park is free, and anyone can participate in the sporting activities for reasonable rates and good facilities. This service is well-known among locals, and possibly the perfect opportunity for travellers to maintain their health and fitness while on holidays or a business trip, in a beautiful and also convenient city location.