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The new area.  This and the photo below shows the whole site.

Sometime during winter the Inner West Council – Marrickville cleared the grass below & around their latest ‘habitat trees’ in Mackey Park.  The cordoned off area lay there for a few weeks until it was covered with wood chip.  About a fortnight ago I noticed that the area had been planted with small plants like native grasses.   The more areas that support wildlife the better in my opinion.

Hopefully it fills out.

This area is to be planted with a 1.5-2 metre salt marsh next to the river.

This area directly next to the river is to be planted with a 1.5-2 metre wide salt marsh.

A couple enjoys the shade next to the river.

A couple enjoys the shade next to the river.

Continuing on from my posts for Mahoney Reserve – http://bit.ly/210uG1I, Steel Park – http://bit.ly/1suDxOh & Richardson’s Lookout, Warren Park & Cooks River Foreshore – http://wp.me/pyn6B-2mv

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

Showing the new tags attached to all the poplar trees along the shared pathway in Mackey Park

Showing the new tags attached to all the poplar trees along the shared pathway in Mackey Park

The shrubs around the Concordia Club seen on the left will be removed.

The shrubs around the Concordia Club seen on the left will be removed.

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.

About 60 lines have been dug across the playing fields & filled with sand

There many holes like this one

We couldn't see what was wrong with the paths

It’s a mystery.  Mackey Park was officially opened last December 2010. See –

https://savingourtrees.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/mackey-park-official-reopening-2/

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