Hyde Park works

Hyde Park works

Hyde Park improvement works

The City has started a new program of works to improve and maintain Hyde Park, including tree replanting, refurbishing the Pool of Reflection, and maintenance and upgrades to paths. The works will be carried out in stages to minimise disruption.

Package 1 – Completed

We have replaced 4 Hill’s fig trees around the Archibald Fountain, which were previously removed due to poor health. We planted 6 new Hill’s figs, and 1 new Moreton Bay fig east of the fountain to take the place of the previous trees.

Works included preparing the garden beds, installing new drainage and irrigation, adding new soil and planting shrubs and the fig trees and replacing seating around the garden beds. 

Package 2 – Completed

The Pool of Reflection upgrade in Hyde Park south has been completed. Leakages and disrepair of the pool due to its age were addressed.

Works included repairing and re-tiling the pool, replacing pool pumps and improving maintenance access. New garden beds and irrigation was installed and 22 new trees have been planted to replace the poplar trees removed due to poor health. The pavement around the pool was also repaired, with new seating installed along surrounding pathways.

Package 3 – Path restoration and access improvements

While the main paths of Hyde Park north have been refurbished, much of the secondary path network needs upgrading.

The City is restoring the path network, which will improve connections between different parts of the park.

Works include simplifying the layout of some of the smaller paths in Hyde Park north and improving accessibility at the park entrances along College Street.

As part of this work on our pathways, we plan to transplant 7 palms within the park and replace 9 cocos palms with mature cabbage palms.

We will also continue to improve services for the increasing number of events held in the park by upgrading water, power and sewer supply points.

Package 4 – Hyde Park South Cafe and Museum station easy access upgrade

The City of Sydney is building a new cafe and outdoor seating area, alongside Museum station.

A stylish, open-plan cafe (artist’s impression above) will replace the old kiosk in Hyde Park south as part of works to make Museum station more accessible.

Transport for NSW recently installed new lifts, ramps and an accessible toilet at the station.

Our upcoming works include:

  • a new cafe and paved outdoor seating area, sensitive to the building’s heritage
  • landscaping, paths and stairs around the cafe and station
  • accessible entry points from Hyde Park to the cafe
  • new public toilets.

The concept designs for the proposed cafe were open for public comment from 13 October until 27 October 2015 and Council endorsed the project on 23 November 2015.


For more information please contact:

Russell Kosko
Project Manager, Open Space
02 9265 9333

Artist's impression: Andrew Burns Architects for City of Sydney

Last updated: Monday, 20 March 2017