Centennial Park’s gates have helped protect the park for over 120 years and seen millions of people pass through. Now we’re returning the love by starting the third in a series of Gate Restoration Projects at Musgrave Gates.
Over the last two years we have repaired and restored the Paddington Gates and the Woollahra Gates (both on Oxford Street), thanks to the support of the Centennial Parklands Foundation, NSW Public Works and the community.
Musgrave Gates – a little background
Musgrave Gates were designed by Government Architect W.L. Vernon and constructed by Loveridge & Hudson, Stonemasons.
The Musgrave Gates were named after the Governor of Queensland, Sir Anthony Musgrave. Musgrave – a strong advocate for Australian Federation – died in 1888 (still 13 years away from Australia becoming a unified nation), yet he was considered a significant enough figure to commemorate in Centennial Park. This was undoubtedly in part to his relationship and shared interests with Sir Henry Parkes (who went on to be known as the ‘Father of Federation’).
In recent years…
Musgrave Gates – located at the eastern end of Centennial Park, facing the intersection of Darley Road and York Road – consist of five sandstone columns with two cast iron gates, similar to Paddington and Woollahra Gates.
During intersection safety and realignment works in the late 1990s, the Gates were permanently closed to cars, although pedestrians and cyclists continued to access the Park through the narrow side pedestrian gates. However, the ‘closed’ Gates were not well equipped to cope with large user numbers (particularly the rapid rise in the number of commuter cyclists using the Parklands as part of their daily commute), and changes had to be looked at that would improve visitor access.
The solution was to trial the reopening of one of the ‘vehicle’ gates in 2011 to allow greater access without cyclists, pedestrians and parents with prams to have to mount a kerb and squeeze through a small side gate. The trial was so successful and popular that we quickly made it a permanent feature!
The restoration project
The restoration project began in late January 2015 and are expected to take around 10 weeks to complete. Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained throughout the project (although the odd short interruption for safety may be required). You can read more about the project and the program of works here.
This is a Sustainable Parklands Project being delivered by Centennial Parklands.
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