Inner West Council plans the following upgrades for Mackey Park –
- Install 15 new seats.
- Install 4 picnic tables along the river frontage
- Install 2 new barbeques at river frontage.
- Install bike racks
- Install exercise equipment.
- Install a new shade structure adjacent to the playground.
- Install barbecue facilities in the playground.
- Provide additional seating in the playground.
- Install new playground equipment.
- Repaint the River Canoe Club with a mural.
- Plant a 1.5-2 metre salt marsh riparian along the edge of the river. While I think it is great to re-vegetate the river, I wonder why Council wants to stop people from accessing the river’s edge. Will the concrete stormwater top be the only place where we can sit directly at the river’s edge?
- Remove the fencing from around the wetland and expand the area of vegetation
- Remove exotic vegetation at the Concordia Club & plant low growing local, native plants.
- The car park in the Concordia Club will include planting, rain gardens & regulated parking.
I went to Mackey Park the day after I posted about the intended removal of the poplar trees & saw that all the Poplars along the shared pathway at Mackey Park had a small silver number tag attached to the trunk. These tags were not attached to the trees the previous week.
Obviously these trees are being allowed to stay. Although I am very happy about this, I would think that they too would be “damaging water quality and adjacent plant communities,” which is the reason for removing 27 poplars in Council’s report. Again, I say that I find it amazing that Council would spend so much money to remove trees for such odd reasons in this time of climate change. I have written about the decision to remove 27 trees here – http://wp.me/pyn6B-2lm
Community consultation is open until tomorrow Wednesday 8th June 2016. You can access the link at ‘Your Say Marrickville’ & download the Plan here – http://bit.ly/1DRISiO