Client: Leichardt Municipal Council
Location: 13 Hearn St, Leichhardt NSW 2040
Year: 2015 - 2016
Image Credits: TBLA
Embracing the inner city neighbourhood in what had been a piggery and boarding house, a new park links its inner city address to the meandering Whites Creek that flows to Parramatta River.
The park features a memory frame of the house called Nestor that once stood on the site. The entry to the house has been re-created in an outline steel portal and the traditional tiles of the Victorian era that once lined the entry porch now welcomes the community.
The portal of the house allows stainless steel wires to facilitate flowering and scented vines that in time will form a shaded arbour.
Colourful community murals celebrate the site’s history with the theme of the site’s history of local uses (including the piggery). These themes are integrated into the playful memory walls supporting a range of play opportunities from toddlers to teenage activities. Swings, a basketball hoop, climbing elements flow through the park with bespoke timber pigs, timber seating pods and a sound tube complement the brightly coloured banded soft fall throughout the park.