Rockdale Park reborn

The upgraded Rockdale Park including a new water feature, playground and amenities block is ready to welcome visitors for the school holidays.

The 3.2 ha park in West Botany Street is one of Rockdale's earliest public parks and is considered unique within the Bayside local government area due to its dense plantings of ornamental conifers and rare tree species.

Bayside Council's plan of management's vision for Rockdale Park has been to make the park a focus for informal, passive recreation.

The upgrade included replacing the water feature, extending and improving the playground, landscaping and upgrading pathways.

The water feature has been designed as a strong "destination" and "heart" within the park, enhancing and integrating the park's unique character.

The rebuilt water feature consists of a 65-metre long sequence of natural-looking shallow pools to create a water garden.

Rockdale Park used to be referred to as the 'wedding park' as many people used it for their wedding photos.

The middle pool of the water feature now adjoins an open area suitable for weddings and the new bridge provides a visual focus for photography.

The area is also large enough to accommodate model boats.

The new amenities block includes toilets, accessible toilet and baby change facility, operational space and lunchroom for on-site ground staff, and external hand wash and bubbler.

The new playground is located at the southern portion of the park, includes equipment suitable to the current and projected demographics of the local community and has been strategically placed to incorporate the use of existing natural shade.