Debra and Betty Phillis, daughter and wife of the sporting great Tom Phillis, with friend Don Cox and grandson Ambrose Tant Phillis, attended the Marrickville Park upgrade event. Photo: Alec Kingham,
THE $3.3 million Marrickville Park upgrade has been officially opened and includes the Sporting Walk of Honour and new WWII memorial, new playground, picnic facilities, fitness station, sports amenities building and public toilets, tennis club upgrade, loop path, lighting, multi-use court, sports oval picket fencing, tree and garden planting.
Families of some of the sports people named in the Sporting Walk of Honour, sporting club representatives, ex-Marrickville Councillors and the local community attended its launch.
The Sports Walk of Honour names include Bob Simpson, Annette Kellerman, Jeff Fenech, Fanny Durack, Tim Cahill – and four of Bradman's 'Invincibles': Bill Brown, Ernie Toshack, Ron Saggers and Sid Barnes .
The WWII Memorial is a new contemporary public artwork by Andrew Poppleton, which references and is inspired by the 'Australian Rising Sun badge' by Adelaide artist Frank Bartels in 1893 showing bayonet blades arrayed around a crown. It symbolises the sacrifices made by Australia's naval and military forces.