La Trobe Park
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La Trobe Park is located in Deakin between Melbourne Avenue, Stonehaven Crescent, Gawler Crescent and Bedford Street.
The park has an electric barbecue, playground, picnic tables and drinking water. Vehicle access is restricted by log barriers, however on the Bedford Street side at the centre of the park a 15 car car park has been constructed.
La Trobe Park takes its name from Charles Joseph La Trobe who played a significant role in the early history of Victoria. Today it is a popular park used mostly by the residents of the suburb of Deakin. The park is popular for family picnics and informal sporting events.
A Walter Burley Griffin influence
The origins of this park can be traced back to Walter Burley Griffin's 1918 plan for Canberra. Griffin planned an open space area called "Epacris Heights" on the lower slopes of Red Hill, terminating Melbourne Avenue, one of the ten avenues he intended to radiate from the centre of Capital Hill. The other state/territorial capital city avenues planned by Griffin were terminated similarly with a park or place named after the generic botanical name for a native plant from that particular state.
However in 1928 Griffin's naming was dropped. The open space was named instead La Trobe Park after Charles Joseph La Trobe (1802-1875), Superintendent of Port Phillip District and Lieutenant Governor of Victoria from 1839 to 1854.
Designed as a park for the people of Deakin
The park was developed progressively over many years as part of the evolution of the suburb of Deakin from the late 1950s onwards. At the eastern end of the park there is a Scout hall and at the western end a pre-school centre.
The landscape is predominantly indigenous evergreen in character. The original scattered mature eucalypts were supplemented with new plantings of several eucalypt species set in grass. There are occasional copses of Monterey pine (Pinus radiata) and river oak (Casuarina cunninghamiana).
Gray, J (1997) The Historical and Cultural Background of selected Urban Parks in Canberra - Volume 3.
Facilities and activities
- Electric BBQ
- Picnic tables
- Drinking water
About urban parks
Transport Canberra and City Services manages urban parks and open space in Canberra. There are three main types of urban parks in Canberra: town parks, district parks and neighborhood parks. Other landscaped components of the park system include:
- Pedestrian parkland which are corridors of open space provided for pedestrian movement within and between suburbs.
- Semi-natural open spaces which are areas of remnant grazing land or native vegetation, and include creek corridors, hilltop areas, ridges and buffer areas between suburbs.
- Native grassland or woodland sites which contain endangered plant species.
- Major road verges and medians.
- Informal use ovals which are non-irrigated open dryland grass areas for informal sport and recreational use.
- Special purpose areas which are large open spaces dedicated to specialised recreational activities or sporting events.
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