After community consultation where the community offered a plethora of wonderful ideas to upgrade this pocket park, Marrickville Council has decided on the following use of a $20,000 budget.
- Shade trees & native palms
- Landscape planting using native plants
- A meeting place
- Creating separate spaces, including open space
- Picnic area
- New gate & fencing
- Dog on a lead area &
- Screening of the back lane.
Council says a number of people who participated in community consultation mentioned a community garden, but said this is not feasible at the moment. However, they do encourage those interested to contact the Addison Road Centre, which has a community garden & who is looking for new members.
The plans completely transforms this bleak empty space. Three larger canopy trees & four smaller canopy trees (possibly these are the palms) will be planted. There will be significant areas of landscape planting, which is wonderful. Grass & crushed sandstone is to be the predominant ground surface with a sweeping concrete path. There will be four seats; two in the sun & two in the shade.
Council are adding a sandstone sculpture which is especially nice for the children, plus sandstone boulders that double as seats or things for kids to play on. There will also be a garbage bin, so hopefully it will be used.
I like what is planned & think it is a great way to use a small piece of land. If it comes about as planned, Murdoch Park will be a very nice space to take some time out.
The upgrade works will also enhance & add value to the neighbourhood. Seven more trees in a space that has been without trees for goodness knows how long is also a bonus. Murdoch Park is especially important to birdlife, as the stormwater canal alongside provides a source of water. The trees & native plants will further support the wildlife, adding to the urban biodiversity mosaic.