Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Hyde Park improvement works

We will soon begin 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 – Fig replanting at the Archibald Fountain

We will be replacing 4 Hill’s Fig trees around the Archibald Fountain, which were previously removed due to poor health. We will be planting 6 new Hill’s Figs, and 1 new Moreton Bay Fig east of the fountain to take the place of the previous trees.

Works will include 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. Work will start in late April and is expected to take about 2 months, depending on the weather.

Package 2 – Pool of Reflection upgrade

An upgrade to the Pool of Reflection in Hyde Park South will address leakages and disrepair of the pool due to its age, and provide new seating areas for everyone to enjoy.

Works will include repairing and re-tiling the pool, replacing pool pumps and improving maintenance access. The 28 Poplar trees surrounding the pool are in poor health, so they will be removed, with new garden beds and irrigation installed before 28 new Poplar trees are planted. The pavement around the pool will also be 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 will be 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 at College and Park streets.

We will also be improving access to services for the increasing number of events being held in the park. This includes installing new water, power and sewer supply points and improving existing lighting in the park so it can be better used at events.

Stonework restoration

We are repairing and restoring the sandstone perimeter wall and sandstone features in and around Hyde Park. This conservation work will focus on many of the park’s significant features, including walls, stairs and pavements.

The works will respect the heritage significance by matching the current character and details. These works include repairing the boundary walls, capping, plinths, kerbs and stairs.

Expert City of Sydney stonemasons will undertake the works to restore and protect the sandstone features for future generations.

The works will be done in stages between May 2014 and July 2016.


For more information on the project, please contact:

Paul Smithson
Infrastructure Maintenance Operations Manager
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Wednesday, 1 April 2015