Location Mitchell Highway, approximately 3 km South East of the Orange CBD.
Statement of Significance
The linear planting pattern of the Lombardy Poplars at Gateway Park forms a distinctive landscape feature of the approach to Orange from Bathurst. The Poplars have been planted in a line, parallel to the road from which a sequence of arcs curve out toward the road. In Winter the deciduous forms of the Poplars allows for open views across the countryside toward Mt Canobolas, whilst in the warmer seasons the dense foliage encloses the road.
Included within the site are the historic ruins of a dairy as well as a memorial garden commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the end of WWII.
Objects and Elements: Gateway Park
The repeated use of Lombardy Poplars throughout the long park provides a distinctive entry feature to the urban area of Orange.
In 1995 this memorial garden was planted to mark the 50 year anniversary of the end of WWII. A plaque set within the predominantly native garden states that it is in “appreciation of all who served and all who contributed to all the wars in all areas of conflict and at home”. This planting forms a synergy with the nearby Memorial Avenue plantings.
Adjacent to the Memorial Garden is the structural remains of a dairy. The dairy is easily accessible to the public and provides a tangible link to the agricultural heritage of the area. The installation of three steel dairy cow silhouettes adds to the visual interpretation of the Dairy Creek Building. Icons such as the silhouettes will encourage visitors to discover the meaning of the place, relate to the past land use and enjoy the amenity of the area.