THE EXHIBITION—A SUGGESTION.
TO TUE EDITOR. .. Sir,—ln walking through the Exhibition Buildings for the first time the other day, I was miserably disappointed at the very small space that by necessity has been allowed for the pleasure grounds. Grounds, did I name it ? It is more like a prison yard surrounded by high iron walls. Why, a lunatic asylum has far better and bigger recreation grounds than the small, miserable space enclosed in the Exhibition. I can predict that under the present arrangement visitors will be sadly disappointed and inconvenienced. It won't take very long to see the exhibits, as it is a very small Exhibition (although, perhaps, big for Dunedin), and, as there will be a great number cf visitors daily, they will be obliged to remain and saunter aimlessly about within the buildings, as there is no outlet for them to stroll about outside. This will tend_ to make it very oppressive inside, as the iron will absorb a great deal of heat when the sun is shining and the air is hot. En passant, I might suggest, if there is any whito lead to spare, it should be used on the roof of the building to reflect the sun, and thus tend to keep the place a littlo cooler. Now, " says I to myself, says I," where can we get more space for grounds ? And the idea struck mo that your honorable Exhibition Commissioners should immediately take steps to utilise and fence in the Oval, and have it connected with the Exhibition by either a light iron or wooden footbridge over tha Anderson Bay road. The very ground seems to grumble at not being used for that purpose. Now if this was done there would be plenty of room to stroll about, and also plenty of space for fetes and sports. There is already a good track for bicycling, running, etc. A cafe, caf6 chantant, and fruit stalls for light refreshments could be put up; and any improvement made inside would be a lasting benefit to the citizens.
I am confident this would be a great attraction to the Exhibition, and it is of vital importance to any exhibition to have plenty of room to walk about outside in the open air. It is this that tends very materially to make a Paris Exhibition so attractive and popular ; there is always plenty of room outside to promenade, to admire the shrubs and flowers, the riviere, the good music, all outside in tho Champ de Mars. Monsieur Joubert knows all this. Some may say, Of what use will the bridge be after the Exhibition is over? Well, there is great need for a bridge over the railway crossing at the station; it could be placed there over the railway, where it would greatly lessen the danger to life and limb. Call it the Exhibition Bridge. The Exhibition Commissioners will find the value of my humble suggestion during the continuance of our great show.—l am, etc., T. M. Baxter. Dunedin, September 9.
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THE EXHIBITION—A SUGGESTION., Evening Star, Issue 8011, 13 September 1889
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