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WHAT AUCKLAND HAS DONE. In view of the proposal put forward by the Hon. Geo. Fowlds on his return from South Africa, to the effect that legislation should be brought in so that greater areas of land might be reserved as national parks, it Is interesting to learn to what extent the people of Auckland have set aside land for parka and recreation purposes. Exclusive of the National Park at Nihotapu on the Waitakere Ranges, and the McLaughlin Domain at Cornwallis down the Manukau harbour, which are both vested in the City Council, and comprise some hundreds of acres, there are parks, domains, and reserves in the Auckland district of an area totalling 1412 acres. In most of the surrounding districts a suitable area of land has been set aside for the public, but in Eden-terrace and Newmarket practically no effort has been made in this direction. The following are the areas of parks, domains and reserves under the jurisdiction of the various local bodies: Auckland City:—Domain, 198 acres; Albert Park, 14 acres; Bayfield Park, 6 acres; Western Park, 16 acres; Victoria Park, 18 acres; total, 252 acres. One-tree Hill: —Mt. St. John Domain, 8 acres: One-tree Hill Domain, 130 acres; Cornwall Park, 477 acres; total, 615 acres. Mount Eden Domain, 63 acres. Epsom Domain, 33 acres. Grey Lynn:—Cox's Reserve. 25 acres; Surrey Hills Domain, 32 acres; total, 57 acres. Mount Albert:—Mt. Albert Domain, 13 acres; Morningside Domain, 29 acres; total. 42 acres. Eden Terrace:—No Reserve. Onehunga:—Mt. Smart Domain, 20 acres; Onehunga Pnrk, 5 acres; Recreation Ground, 25 acres: total, 50 acres. Newmarket Reserve, 2 acres. Remuera:—Mt. Hobson Domain, 30 acres. Parnell:—Campbell's Point. 6 aercr»; Hobson Bay Reclamation, 76 acres; total. 82 acres. Mount Roskill:—Three Kings' Domain. 13 acres; Carlton Square, 5 acres: * Waikowhai Park, 30 acres; total, 48 acres. * The Waikowhai Park has recently been obtained from the Mount Roskill Road Board from the Methodist Mission Trust. The park was not given to the public, as was stated some days ago, but was obtained in the nalure of a quid pro ouo. the Road Board forming roads in order that the larger portion of the land controlled by the Trust could be opened up, and the Trust in return handing over 30 acres of the land. Devonport.—Admiralty Reserve; Triangle; Domain: total. 165 acres. As well as these areas the ratepayers haw decided to acquire the Campbell Park, at Ponsonby, which has an acreage of 22 acres.

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PARKS AND RESERVES., Auckland Star, Volume XLII, Issue 182, 3 August 1911

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PARKS AND RESERVES. Auckland Star, Volume XLII, Issue 182, 3 August 1911