By incorporating and landscaping surrounding street closures, the small Barcom Avenue Park at the back of St Vincent's Hospital has doubled from 1650 square metres to 3500 square metres, creating a new oasis on the boundary of Paddington and Darlinghurst.
The new park is a benchmark for environmental design, with the collection and reuse of roof storm water from St Vincentís Hospital for irrigation, development of a planted bio-swale as a natural water purifier, use of permeable pavements and increased grass area and native trees.
We retained mature trees on the site, with 42 new trees and many shrubs planted to screen surrounding buildings while providing as much sun as possible. Grassed areas have been expanded, with new pathways, seating and lighting will increase the safety and enjoyment of those using the park.
The park upgrage was planned by the former South Sydney City Council following St Vincents redevelopment in the 1990s. Following the 2003 local government boundary transfer, I asked for this long-awated project to be included in the City's upgrade program. Work began in mid 2006 and was completed for the official re-opening on 3 February 2007.
Barcom Avenue Park is located Barcom Avenue, Boundary Street and West Street, Darlinghurst.
Barcom Avenue Park Opening: Speech: Barcom Avenue, Darlinghurst—Good morning, and welcome everybody to this rejuvenated park. Iíd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation... (3/02/2007)
Barcom Avenue Park Opening: I invite you to join me for the opening of the $1.4 million extension and upgrade for Barcom Avenue Park, Darlinghurst, this Saturday 3 February at 11 am... (2/02/2007)
Upgrade For Barcom Avenue Park: A long overdue upgrade of Barcom Avenue Park will begin soon and the City is seeking public comments on the final proposal. The former South Sydney Council... (10/02/2006)