I was pleased to see that Marrickville Council has fenced off the playground and picnic area of Steel Park without fencing off the Cooks River. It might have been cheaper to install the fence at the edge of the riverbank, as has been done elsewhere along the river. Thank goodness Council did not choose this option, as it is one of the pluses of this park to be able to sit on the grass along the unfenced riverbank.
The children’s playground was built only metres from the river & there is a considerable drop from the riverbank down into the river. With speeding toddlers, many parents had a hard time trying to ensure that their child did not fall into the river.