Location: Corner of Harrow Road & Railway Parade Kogarah
Features: Open grass areas with avenue plantings of Brush Box and Jacaranda trees. Public artwork/sculpture which reflects the aspirations of young people
Facilities: Toilet Facility with disabled access to the park from Harrow Harrow Road Kogarah. Children’s Playground with shade cover and park seating
dog freindly area
Hogben Park is located at the corner of Harrow Road and Railway Parade in Kogarah and is 2.6 hectares in size. The park is registered as a site of local heritage significance as it represents a section of the Ocean View Estate subdivision which was established in 1883 and extended across the railway line. The establishment of the railway severed this area from the rest of the Estate.
The park is named after the first Mayor of Kogarah Municipal Council, Alderman Edward Hogben who resided as Mayor from Council’s inception in 1886 to 1888. Hogben Park has a number of mature trees which were originally planted in 1896. Trees in Hogben Park include Moreton Bay figs, avenue plantings of Brush Box along Railway Parade, Jacarandas along Harrow Road, mature specimens of Kurrajong, Port Jackson fig, Peppercorn tree, Cottonwood, Lemon Scented gum, Coral Tree and Willows along the canal.
In June 2010 a Master Plan for Hogben Park was completed that recommended several improvements be implemented to the park. To date, a new toilet facility has been built with pathways for disabled access.
Hogben Park has been dedicated as a local youth recreation precinct and plans are in place for a basketball court and plaza to be built there. The open space means that the community will be able to enjoy watching and participating in basketball and other recreational activities in a natural, outdoor setting.
Council has also coordinated the installation of public artwork at Hogben Park which reflects the aspirations of young people. Artist Col Henry was commissioned to complete the sculpture and he worked in collaboration with students from St George Girls High School and Kogarah High School as well as Council’s Youth Advisory Committee and Council to develop the artwork.
The end result is a stainless steel spherical sculpture which features attached engraved images that have been developed from sketches by local young people. This sculpture was officially opened during Youth Week in April 2012.
Hogben Park is a district park in close proximity to the CBD, it is used by three nearby schools including St George Girls High School, Kogarah High School and Kogarah Primary School and is accessible by foot from Kogarah Railway Station.