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Looking at the arbor from Moorefields Road.

Looking at the arbor from Moorefields Road.

I have looked in passing at this green arbor along Moorefields Road Kingsgrove often while driving past, but recently decided to stop & have a closer look.

Google image of the pocket park hidden behind an arbor

Google image of the pocket park hidden behind an arbor

A vine has been grown over a trellis structure to create a very interesting archway into an unnamed pocket park at the end of Rolestone Avenue, which ends in a cul-de-sac.   The vine covered arbor makes this green space peaceful because the main road is buffered by the vines & your attention is taken elsewhere.   Most vines bloom, so this would be very nice while happening.

The arbor would also provide habitat & safety for wildlife.

I have not seen anything like this green entrance in a public space & like it a lot. It is a clever idea by Rockdale Council & one that I could see used successfully elsewhere, especially where heavy traffic is an issue.

Looking out to Moorefoelds Road from inside the pocket park

Looking out to Moorefoelds Road from inside the pocket park

From this

From this

To this.  An upgrade of seven trees & landscape planting will make a phenomenal improvement to Murdoch Park.

To this.  An upgrade that includes seven trees & landscape planting will make a phenomenal improvement to Murdoch Park.  Fantastic!

After community consultation where the community offered a plethora of wonderful ideas to upgrade this pocket park, Marrickville Council has decided on the following use of a $20,000 budget.

  • Shade trees & native palms
  • Landscape planting using native plants
  • A meeting place
  • Creating separate spaces, including open space
  • Seating
  • Picnic area
  • Bubbler
  • New gate & fencing
  • Art
  • Dog on a lead area &
  • Screening of the back lane.

Council says a number of people who participated in community consultation mentioned a community garden, but said this is not feasible at the moment. However, they do encourage those interested to contact the Addison Road Centre, which has a community garden & who is looking for new members.

The plans completely transforms this bleak empty space.  Three larger canopy trees & four smaller canopy trees (possibly these are the palms) will be planted. There will be significant areas of landscape planting, which is wonderful. Grass & crushed sandstone is to be the predominant ground surface with a sweeping concrete path.  There will be four seats; two in the sun & two in the shade.

Council are adding a sandstone sculpture which is especially nice for the children, plus sandstone boulders that double as seats or things for kids to play on.  There will also be a garbage bin, so hopefully it will be used.

I like what is planned & think it is a great way to use a small piece of land.  If it comes about as planned, Murdoch Park will be a very nice space to take some time out.

The upgrade works will also enhance & add value to the neighbourhood.   Seven more trees in a space that has been without trees for goodness knows how long is also a bonus. Murdoch Park is especially important to birdlife, as the stormwater canal alongside provides a source of water. The trees & native plants will further support the wildlife, adding to the urban biodiversity mosaic.

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