Mentone Station Gardens to open before Christmas
16 Dec 2020
The revamped Mentone Station gardens are on schedule to open this weekend, just in time for the holidays.
Since we removed the Balcombe Road level crossing and opened the new Mentone Station in July this year we have been carefully putting the finishing touches on Mentone’s new open space.
The revitalised Mentone Station gardens incorporate the rich history of the area and include a heritage deck over the rail trench, featuring the old Mentone Station’s heritage-listed buildings. These buildings were preserved during construction works and restored ahead of being opened to the community.
Other features the community will recognise are the five heritage-listed trees – two Norfolk Island pines and three Canary Island date palms – which were protected and tended to while works were underway. Also, the historic Garryowen horse trough sits in pride of place.
The new station gardens include more green space and vegetation and wider paths, with ramps and handrails to improve access for all community members. New trees include subtropical varieties such as the Canary Island dragon tree and the flowering silk floss tree among many others.
This amazing result would not have been possible without support and input from Kingston City Council and the Friends of Mentone Station and Gardens.
We would like to thank them for their feedback and support over several years prior to construction.