The park, opened on 15 October 2004, the 34th anniversary of the disaster, embraces the existing West Gate Bridge Memorial and Sculpture, the Spotswood Sewer Tunnel Memorial, and complements Industrial Deaths Support and Advocacy (IDSA) Workers’ Memorial erected at Victorian Trades Hall Council.
Located on the actual site of the Bridge’s collapse, the Memorial Park is evocative of the tragedy of workplace accidents while honouring the notion of work.
The redevelopment of the West Gate Memorial Park was made possible with $250,000 from the Victoria Government’s Community Support Fund, which returns gambling revenue to new projects in partnership with the community. WorkCover, Parks Victoria and VicRoads have also each contributed $250,000 towards the cost of the project. It is maintained by Parks Victoria.