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Encyclopedia > Victoria Park, Auckland
Victoria Park, with the grounds closed (2007) for remedial work. Image to be replaced later in 2007.
Victoria Park, with the grounds closed (2007) for remedial work. Image to be replaced later in 2007.
The Victoria Park Market.
The Victoria Park Market.

Victoria Park is a park and sports ground in Auckland, New Zealand. It lies on reclaimed bay land in Freemans Bay, a suburb directly west of the Auckland CBD. This origin of the land makes it very flat and level. However, it does not have direct connection to the foreshore anymore, as the Viaduct Basin quarter lies between it and Waitemata Harbour. Schematic map of Auckland. ... Freemans Bay is the name of a former bay and an inner suburb of Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand. ... CBD may stand for: Central business district Convention on Biological Diversity Cannabidiol, a cannabinoid from Cannabis sativa (hemp). ... Viaduct Basin is a development of modest apartments and expensive eateries located at the site of a run-down marina on the waterfront in Auckland, New Zealand. ... Auckland Harbour Bridge crossing the Waitemata Harbour Waitemata Harbour is the main access by sea to Auckland, New Zealand. ...


It is surrounded by large rows of mature trees on all sides, which frame the sports fields in the middle. However, urban expansion and traffic needs have not fully bypassed it, and it is framed by some of the busier Auckland arterials on the north and south, as well as having State Highway 1 pass overhead on a four-lane viaduct in the western part of the park. Torontos Bloor Street Viaduct bridges the Don valley; road traffic uses the upper deck, rail traffic uses the lower deck. ...


Major close-by attractions are the Victoria Park Market, an old rubbish incinerator (once known as the Destructor) now housing an arts & crafts market,[1] New World Victoria Park, one of the few large supermarkets in the CBD area and Westhaven Marina to the north.


History

The following information is mostly derived from an Auckland City timeline[2]:

  • The public park was first mooted at at Council meeting in 1884, and eventually it was opened in 1905 by Sir Arthur Myers, with the first grandstand pavillon opened a year later.
  • Asphalt tennis courts followed in 1909, with bowling greens, croquet lawns and a playground added later. In 1907 and 1911 and 1911 the park was also extended in both west and east directions.
  • In 1910 the 'Campbell Free Kindergarten' is opened in the western part of the park, with funds from Sir John Logan Campbell and Lady Campbell.
  • During the Second World War, the park was used for accommodation of US Armed Forces and covered with temporary huts. In the early 1950s, the park escaped closure and industrial redevelopment, after it was decided that the facility was of regional use and the provision of parks in the outer suburbs would not suffice to replace it.
  • In 1960, the kindergarten moves to Tahuna Street, with the building now occupied jointly by Grafton United Cricket Club, Ponsonby Soccer Club and the Pipe Band. Building later abandoned (around the 1980s, the building is now (2007) derelict).
  • In 1962 the SH1 motorway extension through the park (on a elevated roadway) becomes the first completed section of the inner city transport plan. Later plans to widen the viaduct meet resistance, as this would further despoil the park it bisects. Currently (2007), the plan is for a tunnel to be built underneath the park to carry the additional lanes.
  • In 1989 Auckland City receives ownership of Victoria Park from the Auckland Harbour Board, exchanging it for stub roads used for wharf access in Viaduct Basin.

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References

  1. ^ History (from the Victoria Park Market official website)
  2. ^ Timeline of activities at Victoria Park since the reclamation (from the Auckland City Council website, in turn adapted from Adam, 2000)

 
 

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