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Originally an Aboriginal hunting and camping area know as the Third Swamp, it later became a camping ground for the bullock wagoners and men on their way to the Goldfields. In 1897 it was officially approved to become a public garden and formally designed by Lyall Hall in the following year. While constantly improving the facilities, the City of Vincent is eager to preserve the various heritages of the area, including the original late 19th century layout and conceptions of the park.
Hyde Park offers two playgrounds. The smaller, near the corner of William and Glendower streets, has modern play equipment on a softfall surface. The equipment is most suitable for children aged between four and twelve years.
The larger playground is near Glendower and Throssell streets and was opened in December 2010. It is designed as a universally accessible playground, with ramps on the main play structure, a Liberty swing for people in wheelchairs, and swings suitable for children with mobility and muscle tone problems. There is a small sand area but most of the playground is on softfall. This playground suits children aged between two and twelve years.