NEW PUBLIC PARK FOR RYDE News / Project Milestone / 30.05.2019

The City of Ryde is delivering a new public park within 45-61 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park. This park is envisaged to be an urban oasis of approximately 7000 square metres, surrounded by new roads and commercial buildings that will overlook the park, with a frontage on Waterloo Road. The park is closely located to Macquarie Park Station and is expected to be used by local office workers for informal recreation, the local community and by commuters. The site is an old Sydney Water Refueling Station. Decontamination of the site is underway and Council will obtain a site contamination clearance certificate prior to finalising the purchase of the land from the NSW Government. Council is inviting the community to vote on their favourite name for the new park. The following names have been proposed to recognise significant aspects of the City of Ryde’s social and cultural heritage.

-The Market Gardens: Recognition of the unique history of Macquarie Park and the area’s multicultural tradition and community. Throughout the late 1800’s and into the early 20th Century, the Macquarie Park area was predominantly Market Gardens and agricultural land.

-Hamlin Park: Dr. Catherine Hamlin AC (1924 - ) was raised in the Hermitage, Denistone. She co-founded the Addis Ababa Fistual Hospital with her husband Dr. Reginald Hamlin in Ethiopia dedicated to providing free surgery to women suffering childbirth injuries throughout Africa, in 1983 appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, and in 2001 was awarded the Centenary Medal.

-Marie Byles Park: Ms Marie Byles (1900 - 1979) was the first practicing female solicitor in New South Wales, operating a law practice in Eastwood.

Concept designs have been released for community consultation illustrating a range of uses and space typologies including:

• Flexible group seating along the Activity Spine

• Activity opportunities

• Multiple-use Central Lawn

• Precast concrete and planting areas to form Amphitheatre Seating Steps

• Naturalistic Clearing in an enclosed forest setting

• Canopy Structure to accompany Amenities Building and provide shelter

• Outdoor Gym in a natural setting, integrated into Fitness Loop path network

• Street-level Verandah

• Opportunities for Night-time Activation and Larger-scale Events

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