In 28th June 2014 Murdoch Park, until recently known as Murdoch Playground, a pocket park on Illawarra Road Marrickville was reopened after Marrickville Council completed Stage One of a two-stage upgrade. Recently we went to have a look.
The high cost of Council works always surprises me. This upgrade cost $50,000, which to me seems a lot of money. What has been achieved is nice though. I like the gate, which creates a friendly entrance. Instead of a diagonal concrete path from one gate to another the path is curved & takes one past one bench seat, to a picnic table setup & then to another bench seat. The seating is attractive & they all match.
Gardens start from just outside the gate & continue on either side of the path inside the park. Four trees have been planted. This is significant for a park that was devoid of trees. Two are Banksias & one is a Jacaranda. I cannot remember what the other tree was. We were there in the afternoon & found that the Jacaranda provided shade over the picnic table, which was appreciated as it was a hot day.
Three Australian native Snake vines (Hibbertia scandens) have been planted along the cyclone fencing alongside the stormwater canal. These should look great once they have grown to cover the fence.
Becoming a standard in recent park upgrades across Marrickville municipality, are three lovely sandstone sculptures – one of a lizard, another of a frog & one platypus. These have been scattered throughout the gardens. Pigface & Grevilleas have been used as groundcovers. Other plants include native grasses & some lilies. There is also a good quality bubbler.
Council plans to add a rain garden in Stage Two of the upgrade & have installed the necessary infrastructure for this. Overall, I think it is a nice place to stop & have a rest or take your child to play on the grass or have lunch. The community will use it now. It is no longer a bleak & empty green space as it was before the upgrade. It should only get better when the plants & trees grow. I shall look forward to Stage Two of the upgrade.