Memory Park

By NSW Roads & Maritime Services/URS

  • Memory Park

    Memory Park

About the project

Park restoration in Hazelbrook, Blue Mountains.
Memory Park is located at Hazelbrook village in the scenic Blue Mountains west of Sydney. The Park was impacted by adjoining construction works associated with upgrading of the Great Western Highway. The Park was restored by NSW Roads and Maritime Services as a key component of the Highway upgrade between Woodford and Hazelbrook and reopened to the public in late 2014.
Memory Park contains significant heritage values for the local community. Established in 1916 the Park it became place for people to gather during World War 1. It was officially opened in 1919 as a memorial to local soldiers who served in the War. Eighty-three Bhutan Cypress trees were planted in their memory and a stone memorial erected soon after.
Redevelopment of the Park formed a major component of the Great Western Highway upgrade project carried out by NSW Roads and Maritime Services between the villages of Woodford and Hazelbrook.
Covering an area of 3,300 m2 the Park presented a set of major design challenges. Steeply sloping topography required an integrated system of ramps, stairs and sandstone retaining walls to provide safe and comfortable movement of pedestrians and cyclists. Design of the new works had to take account of multiple underground services. The Park functions as a major thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists moving between adjoining residential areas, schools, Hazelbrook Village and Hazelbrook Railway Station. A new ramp located alongside Memory Park provides convenient and safe access to a new pedestrian bridge over the Highway connecting Hazelbrook village with the railway station.
The Park also functions as a valuable public space for relaxation and social interaction. The design therefore incorporated benches as well as seating walls throughout the Park. New signage defines the entrance adjoining Hazelbrook village. Interpretive signage provides information about the history and heritage significance of the Park.
A series of existing mature trees were retained within the Park and additional trees planted including a row of semi-mature Tulip trees running parallel to the central pathway and pedestrian ramp. A new curving sandstone wall and row of 18 Cypress Pines form a memorial arc commemorating local soldiers who died in war. Shrub and groundcover planting was carried out to reflect a cultural landscape character typical of many villages in the Blue Mountains.