The Cathro Park Railway Parklands Linkage Project has been completed.
The upgrading of Cathro Park is part of a new link from the Railway Parklands Precinct to Queens Park. The park upgrade provides an improved connection for pedestrians and cyclists with the shared pathway, especially between Ruthven and Neil streets.
The upgrade also includes extensive landscaping of the park and demolition of the old toilet block which was replaced with a new public amenities building. There is also a new shelter, seats and tables that will make the park more attractive for visitors.
The additional landscaping complements the existing trees including the Hoop pine trees which Council ensured were protected during construction. The upgrade also includes bike racks, bins, drinking fountains, new wayfinding, information and flood warning signs.
Mr Alexander Cathro history
New signage features a tribute to Mr Alexander Cathro, a former Deputy Mayor of Toowoomba, after whom the park was named. Before coming to Australia in 1911, Mr Cathro was a constable n Dundee, Scotland.
He played an active role in the Toowoomba Caledonian Society and St Andrew’s Church and was a champion wrestler and athlete. He also served as an Alderman for many years and ran a wholesale fruit business near the park.
The upgrade also features a sculpture symbolising the natural elements of earth, air, wood, fire, metal and water has been installed as the finishing touch to the Cathro Park Railway Parklands Linkage Project.
The cast aluminium sculpture and sandblasted concrete patterns represented an abstract interpretation of the ancestral spirit “Baiame” and the elements of earth, air, fire, wood, metal and water. The sculpture, titled Baiame, was created by local indigenous artist Kim Walmsley and Far North Queensland-based artist Braham Stevens. It is inspired by stories from the Dreaming.
For information visit our Public artwork webpage
The Cathro Park Railway Parklands Linkage Project is jointly funded by Toowoomba Regional Council and the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions Program.