Currey Park is on the site of a prior orchard. It is named after Henry Currey, a Chatswood resident and prospector. In 1897 Henry subdivided and sold his land on the corner of Victor Street and Albert Avenue to finance his mining ventures, and dedicated Tingha Street to Council. Tingha is a tin mining town south of Inverell, NSW.
The park was created in response to the increasing development within the Chatswood CBD, so was a less then optimal configuration and location for a park.
The park’s link to the town of Tingha is marked by artist Joe Hurst’s fountain and sculpture of Tingha Woman. The Tingha Woman story is written on a plaque next to the fountain:
The Willoughby-Bingara Friendly City Commemorative Garden commemorates a decade (1995 – 2005) of the Friendly City relationship between Willoughby City Council and the township of Bingara in northern NSW. The garden is dedicated to the former Mayor of Willoughby, John Squire for his dedication to the Willoughby and Bingara communities, and contains plants indigenous to Bingara and Willoughby.
There is also a wooden of an octopus sculpture in the park.
The park runs parallel to the Westfield carpark then does a dog-leg around to Tingha Street.
Mature trees (either on Council operational land or Tingha Park) have been planted in front of the carpark (presumably to provide some visual and acoustic amenity). There is a path through the centre of the park with some mosaic inlay and a number of wooden benches.
Some time ago, Scentre (Westfield) sought approval to extend a portion of the carpark to the east. It appears that there may have been some problems with notifying local residents. Approval was given for the work. Due to the location of the works, a number of trees had to be removed and a worksite was established (with consent) partly within the park. There was some damage to various features of the park. Residents were promised that new trees would replace old and that any damage would be remedied. The main ongoing issues for residents is that now the edge of the carpark is further to the east there is a greater intrusion from vehicles (both noise and light spill.
The vegetation cover in front of the new addition is not yet as dense as in front of other faces of the carpark; This should improve as the trees grow.
In particular, the wall face behind the Tingha Fountain is quite stark. This is likely because there is insufficient width behind the fountain to plant trees.
There are other sections of the park that are quite picturesque.
And some sections not so nice.