St Thomas' Rest Park


Last updated on 25 July 2014 at 12:00AM  | Availability : Open
  • Park
  • Playground

One of North Sydney's special places. Not only does it have social and historical significance as the site of the first European cemetery on the North Shore, but it is also the largest park in the densely populated Crows Nest area.

 

Getting There

St. Thomas' Rest Park is in West Street, Crows Nest. Buses run regularly along West Street and on-street parking is available in surrounding streets.

 

Park Features

  • The Sexton's Cottage dates from around 1850. It was restored and opened as a museum in 1985.
  • An interpretive history trail provides 24 hour access to historical information.
  • Many monuments and headstones are located within the sandstone-edged historic precincts while others are scattered around the Rest Park.
  • Other features include a striking fence along West Street, toilets, lights, seats, picnic tables, a bubbler, and a custom-designed, fully-fenced playground with a 'retro' theme.
  • The Commemorative Tree, a mature Bermuda cypress, is a species traditionally grown near places of burial.
  • Dogs are welcome in the Rest Park however they are not permitted within 10m of the playground.

History

The former St. Thomas' Cemetery was the first burial ground established on the North Shore. The land for the Cemetery was donated to the Anglican Parish of St Leonards in 1845 by the prominent landowner and merchant, Alexander Berry.

In 1967 the Cemetery was handed over to North Sydney Council by an Act of Parliament granting the area as 'community land' and green-lighting its conversion from a Cemetery into a Rest Park. The new park opened in 1974.

Playground Significant Features:

  • Equipment caters to a wide age range and can accommodate many users.
  • Modern equipment including climbers, slides and a roundabout situated in native gardens and shaded by trees.
  • Former cemetery, now converted to a Rest Park is a significant heritage site.
  • Toilets are located behind the Sexton's Cottage.

Playground Features:

  • Equipment caters to a wide age range and can accommodate many users.
  • Modern equipment including climbers, slides and a roundabout situated in native gardens and shaded by trees.
  • Former cemetery, now converted to a Rest Park is a significant heritage site.
  • Toilets are located behind the Sexton's Cottage.

Description:

Set in the beautiful and historic St. Thomas' Rest Park, this unique and accessible fully fenced playground has been created as a series of play 'rooms' connected by rubber pathways within lush native gardens. Activities have a whimsical theme with a groovy climbing 'critter', spring-mounted rockets, an old style 'steam engine', an unusual roundabout and two sets of double swings including an arm-power swing. A larger central structure incorporates an unusual sitting 'capsule' as well as tunnels, slides and climbing activities. Picnic tables are centrally located, making this a popular playground for longer visits.

Details

St Thomas' Rest Park
West Street , Crows Nest
  • Many accessible features
  • Playground (fully fenced)
  • Dogs permitted - with restrictions
  • Public toilets
  • Seats and/or Picnic Tables
  • Water fountain

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