The refurbishment of Glebe Park will be officially opened at a ceremony this Monday 27 August.
The park – located adjacent to the International Cricket Hall of Fame and Bradman Oval precincts – has been the subject of a series of enhancements and improvements.
The makeover includes new garden beds and trees, the placement of a new walkway, a village green open space on the western side, renewal of the electrical system, an irrigation system and removal and replacement of bollards.
More than 25,000 daffodils were also planted on 6 May to help raise funds for the life size Mary Poppins statue that will eventually call the park home.
This achievement has been accomplished in partnership with The Bradman Foundation which contributed $80,000, the Federal Government which contributed $40,000 as part of its Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, and the State Government which contributed $40,000 from the Department of Environment and Heritage. Wingecarribee Shire Council contributed the remaining $73,000.
To celebrate the conclusion of the project, a Wollemi pine ‘Wishing Tree’ was recently planted. The tree was originally presented to Council by the Australian Plant Society on behalf of a local resident in 2006 and had been residing in the courtyard of the Moss Vale Civic Centre with the understanding that it would need to be relocated at some stage due to its growth habits.
Local resident Grace Farah drummed up support for the idea which was inspired by the Wishing Tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. The meaning behind the tree stems from the belief in earlier times that you could make a wish by touching the tree or by walking around it three times forward and three times backwards.