Interim Park

Interim Park flourished from 1991 to 1997 on Point Street, overlooking the Water Police site. With no official status it was initiated by residents to create a community garden on waste land scheduled for residential development.

Organised by Jean Stuart, residents formed a committee and built and cultivated the park: they also built a barbecue (with a manhole cover as the hot plate), held tip-and-run cricket matches, and applauded leading bands who rehearsed here.

When the area was fenced off, it was the only secure playing area in the neighbourhood. (James Watkinson Reserve’s location was unsafe and the equipment dangerous.)

All residents wanted their park to continue. Briefly this seemed possible as they assembled promises of $2.5 million; but at auction it fetched $9 million. It was then redeveloped as apartments.