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Improvements for Glebe park
Foley Park, at the corner of Glebe Point Road and Bridge Road in Glebe, is named after John ‘Doc’ Foley, a Glebe medical practitioner and local politician in the 1930s. It features a World War I memorial and historic brick shelter where residents once gathered to listen to the radio.
The City is renewing Foley Park to ensure it remains a focal point for community activity.
Work will increase access and improve the park with:
- new landscaping, and sandstone seating steps at the Glebe Point Road entry to provide more space near the bus stop
- better landscaping to improve access around the War Memorial
- a new sandstone retaining wall near the Glebe Point Road entrance
- a new accessible amenities block, with baby-change facilities, at the top of the stairs from Bridge Road
- restoring the Glebe War Memorial
- interpretive work to recognise the important history of the site.
Construction is being done in stages, with all work due to finish early to mid-2014.
In 2009 the City completed a major revitalisation of Foley Park to maximise open space, removing the Baby Health Centre and toilet block.
Improvement works were designed through consultation, and aimed to conserve the park’s heritage and character, restore the Wireless House, and provide the new playground, and paths and lighting.
This stage of the park's revitalisation was completed in time to celebrate Glebe’s sesquicentenary.
The Wireless House
The Wireless House sonic art installation by Nigel Helyer celebrates the history of this small but unique building which once housed a free wireless radio in the 1930s. Nigel sonically reactivated the building so that once again people can gather to listen to its ‘broadcasts’, which now feature local stories and oral histories. The building has been adorned with a unique stainless steel perforated screen in the shape of a radiation pattern – a graphical representation of the relative field strength transmitted from or received by a radio antenna.
Glebe Early Childhood Centre
Glebe Early Childhood Centre has relocated to St Helens Community Centre.
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Last updated: Monday, 3 November 2014