HISTORY: vision brought back to life
MOST of what is now Central Park was farmland and market gardens in 1925 when the city council started buying up the land.
In 1928 the council commissioned leading landscape architects Thomas Mawson and Sons to produce a masterplan.
Mawson envisaged tennis courts, bowling greens, three children's playgrounds, a children's pool, a boating pool, a putting green, a running track and playing fields for cricket, football, hockey and rugby.
Work started in 1929 and Central Park was opened on July 29, 1931, but war halted the work and much of Mawson's masterplan was never realised.
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Now the story is being taken up again by the city council.