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Letter from Canterbury Centennial organisation to Commissioner of Crown Lands, 1 December 1949. Department of Lands and Survey, Christchurch.

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CH 134 file 8/3/35 - Reserves - Hagley Park 1944 - 1962

Plan of proposed amusement park area. Department of Lands and Survey, Christchurch

Archives Reference

CH 134 file 8/3/35 - Reserves - Hagley Park 1944 - 1962

Recreation and Amusement

From its earliest days the Park has been used for recreational purposes and now a large part of its space is given over seasonally or permanently to soccer, rugby and hockey fields, netball courts, tennis courts, bowling greens, croquet grounds and a golf course, cricket pitches, and model yachting.

The Park has also been the site of occasional and regular celebrations and shows. The New Zealand Exhibition of 1906 has been the greatest of these, followed in size by the 1882 Exhibition, which received over 236,000 visitors in three months. But there have been many other celebrations marked by fireworks and other forms of entertainment, from the Relief of Mafeking celebrations in 1900 to the current season of musical and fireworks shows held every summer. The celebrations marking the centenary of the province in 1950/51 were another significant event in the Park's history, when once again a portion of the Park was set aside for an amusement park.

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