You may know Wimbo Park as the place you go with your Bourke Street Bakery sausage roll when the cafe’s outdoor seating is full. By 2019, it will be unrecognisable.
Located at the T-junction of Bourke and Devonshire streets, Wimbo Park will undergo a huge expansion to coincide with the South East Light Rail Project (on track to launch in 2019).
The new plans will see Wimbo Park grow from its current 1500 square metres to 4600 square metres, including public barbeques, native trees and garden beds. For kids there will be in-ground trampolines. For commuters there will be a five-metre-wide path designed to accommodate walkers and cyclists travelling between Surry Hills and Moore Park.
The park’s redesign comes after two rounds of consultations with local residents. In response, the NSW Government has worked to give the community as much green space as possible.
“With three quarters of our residents living in apartments and our population growing, the city’s parks and playgrounds are our backyards,” says Lord Mayor Clover Moore. “Projects like this are part of our commitment to meet the community’s needs with opportunities to exercise, meet up with neighbours and spend time outdoors.”
The park is currently home to the Wimbo Paddock mural, a 1982 mosaic that pays tribute to the history of the area. It’s slated to be relocated within the park during the expansion. This will be the mural’s third life. It was mistakenly demolished in 1992 by a neighbouring development before being rebuilt the following year.
Construction on Wimbo Park will begin in June 2018.
The new light rail will run from the CBD through Central Station and across the full length of Devonshire Street, before turning towards Anzac Parade and Alison Road in Randwick.