Our Pioneers Resting Place

Apex Park, Liverpool
Liverpool City Council

Positioned on a pulsating intersection in the hub of Liverpool, Apex Park is the location of Liverpool’s first cemetery for pioneer settlers, and consequently one of the city’s most historic parks. Abandoned by the settlers due to dampness, the Park was left to ruin however later transformed into a recreational area in the mid-fifties.

Due to amplified popularity and growing residential community, Apex Park was selected for further redevelopment. The brief: turn the Park into a new landmark for Liverpool, creating an attractive and welcoming space for residents and visitors, while sympathetically acknowledging the Park’s pioneer history.

Over 8,300sqm of parkland and playground was upgraded, incorporating a new memorial plaza and picnic area added, open lawn for multi-purpose use with new seating, landscaped gardens and accessible pathway networks.  With the new playground a key focus, forming an exploratory circuit with a multiplay structure, cycle paths, maze and a nature play with elevated balance beams amongst the trees.

Plant selection was carefully considered, with numerous selections based on The National Trust of Australia (NSW) cemetery conservation guidelines and chosen for their symbolism, such as Rosemary for remembrance, Thyme for courage and strength, and Cypress for hope.

Works incorporated site establishment including all tree protection, sediment and erosion control, demolition of all existing features (garden beds, BBQ, concrete slabs, shelters, bench seats, picnic settings, brick wall, bins, park signage, concrete paths), together with decommissioning and removal of light poles and switch board.

Earthworks and excavation for electrical services and irrigation system next occurred, with installation of new playground equipment, lighting, interpretive signage, bench seats, picnic settings, shelters, bins, maintenance gate, water refill station, concrete and decomposed granite paths, granite pavers, concrete edging, wetpour rubber, perimeter fencing, entry walls, shade sail structure, park signage, relocation of existing steam roller, installation of irrigation system, softworks including garden beds, planting and turfing.