Central Park Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – At 22 Brooklyn Road from the lower level, and from the top at Brooklyn Road and Ohiro Road.

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Central Park – thirteen hectares of refuge from any sense of being in a city.  A 1903 housing report recommended an open space for relief from the local slums, and a public subscription raised the purchase price to allow the opening in 1913.

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Mayor John Pearce Luke was mayor during the war years and the flu epidemic, and went on to Parliament. Lukes Lane in Wellington is named for the location of his engineering business. His wife, Jacobina Luke, was a signatory to the Women’s Suffrage Petition, and organised women for the war effort and relief from the 1918 flu epidemic.

 

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Screen Shot 2019-12-19 at 6.35.39 PMAlong from the entrance, a fountain, usually dry.  “Presented by the Evening Post 1916”.

Screen Shot 2019-12-19 at 6.35.18 PMThe steps are just to the left of the entrance and the fountain.

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Screen Shot 2019-12-19 at 6.04.14 PMAnd at the top of those steps is the park with a flying fox. Not a flying squirrel.

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Screen Shot 2019-12-19 at 6.04.01 PMFollowing along up the road you find these steps leading out to Brooklyn Road.

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And there you find Renouf Tennis Centre.

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Looking down along Ohiro Road. Just over this road are the Tanera Crescent steps.

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This little spot was the caretaker’s cottage, and the family of Alex Kettles have donated a bench for enjoying this lovely view.

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And finally – more steps, just down from the caretaker’s memorial.