One of two park benches installed at Mackey Park allowing people to rest & enjoy the Cooks River.

One of two park benches installed at Mackey Park allowing people to rest & enjoy the Cooks River.

I am really happy to report that Marrickville Council has installed two park benches along the shared pathway at Mackey Park. The benches face towards the river allowing people to watch the view.

These benches will assist older people & people who have limited capacity to get out & enjoy the river at this location, without being near crowds or a children’s playground. It is a great move to bringing equality of use in this park.

I know of a number of older people who used to go to Mackey Park a couple of times a week at least. They would meet others of a similar age at a picnic table setting & enjoy the sunshine & the company of others. When the table was removed they stopped going & this little community group fell apart. It has been more than ten-years now & this particular group of people has grown older & some have died.

Those with whom I spoke did not want to sit in the children’s playground & they believed that there should be more options for seating. It is my hope these benches encourage people go to the park knowing they do not have to walk too far & that there is a seat with a beautiful view waiting for them. Thank you Marrickville Council. It’s a small thing, but one that will assist many.

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