Stunning days of late have brought many people out to enjoy every corner of Centennial Park. We continue our series on the ponds of Centennial Park with a pond that – while tucked away in a quiet corner of the Park – is very popular with many. Presenting, Musgrave Pond!
First, a little bit of background about our ponds
Did you know that there are 10 ponds and one lake in Centennial Parklands? In fact, these water bodies cover 26 hectares!
The ponds in Centennial Parklands are an integral part of the Botany Bay catchment system, and act as a filter for stormwater entering from the eastern suburbs of Sydney, flowing through the Parklands’ ponds, then out towards Botany Bay. Ten of the eleven ponds in Centennial Park are interconnected, and act as natural water filters, flood mitigation and detention basins (learn more here).
The Ponds have evolved from marshes fed by the natural aquifers of the land system to dammed waterbodies forming the water supply of the Lachlan Water Reserve. They were remodelled into ponds when Centennial Park was being constructed between 1886 and 1888.
Righto, now which one is Musgrave Pond?
Musgrave Pond is special for a number of reasons:
- it is one of the main entrance points for stormwater coming into the Parklands
- it is one of the most popular areas for barbecues and picnics, and
- it has been the key training area for the Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club for most of the last 50 years!
A pond fed by stormwater from surrounding suburbs…
Musgrave Pond is fed by a large stormwater channel that beings stormwater into Centennial Park from the suburbs surrounding Queens Park. That means, if you live in this area, the water that washes down your stormwater drains ends up in Centennial Park’s ponds!
In 2009 we installed a large Gross Pollutant Trap (basically a boom gate with some very large, porous socks) to capture waste and debris as it enters the Park through the stormwater.
While this helps to filter out much of the waste that may otherwise end up in Musgrave Pond, during periods of high rainfall the amount of water coming down the channel can be a tad too much to handle!
Support from a long-time user!
Last year the Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in Centennial Park, and in recognition the members provided funds for the refurbishment of the old wooden footbridge over the stormwater channel at Musgrave Pond!
And what are some of the key features of Musgrave Pond?
Key features to see and enjoy are:
- Dog obedience classes – Musgrave Pond is the meeting place for the Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club every Sunday morning.
- A free gas barbecue, picnic tables, amenities block with accessible toilets, and large flat shady spaces perfect for picnics!
- A designated bookable picnic site.
- Musgrave Gate (just down the road from the pond) is permanently shut to cars, but last year we implemented a daily opening schedule of part of the Gates to allow better cyclist and pedestrian access to Centennial Park.
A popular corner of the Park that retains a sense of peace…
But our little insider secret…come during autumn to enjoy a stunning seasonal colour change!
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Interested in learning more about Bookable Picnic Sites in Centennial Park? Head to our website for all the information.