On 31 July 1909, hundreds of people braved the cold for the official opening of Hopetoun Gardens. Park designer Thomas Pockett landscaped it with a central feature, pathways, ornamental plantings, lawns and irregularly shaped flower beds. The two cannons, along the Glenhuntly Road frontage, were manufactured in England in 1866. The cannons at Hopetoun Gardens are two of only twenty five made and were installed at Hopetoun Gardens in 1910.
The playground is great for younger children and includes:
- education boards
- springers and spinners
- small train
- shade sail over part of the playground for protection from the sun
Bandstand and BBQs
The bandstand is located near the playground with BBQ facilities and picnic tables on the other side.