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    Birthday wishes pour in from Centennial Park’s of the world!

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Centennial Park’s unite the world! On the back of Centennial Park in in Frederick, Colorado sending a 125th birthday greeting to Centennial Park in Sydney, we have received more well wishes from Centennial Park’s in New Zealand, Canada, the US and here in Australia.

We’d like to share a couple with you, from different ends of the world – Centennial Park in Davenport, Iowa (USA) and one from just up the road in Cooks Hill, Newcastle.

A reclaimed park becomes a community icon – with an interesting difference!

Centennial Park sits alongside the Mississipi River, just two hours west of Chicago

Centennial Park sits alongside the Mississippi River, just two hours west of Chicago

Just over a week ago, we received a great email from Seve Ghose, Director, Parks and Recreation in Davenport, Iowa. One of Seve’s responsibilities is Centennial Park, in the City of Davenport (just two hours west of Chicago).

About the Park, he wrote: “Our Centennial Park is quite unique in that the site used to be used as a land-fill with debris and waste collection for over hundred years, along the river front of the mighty Mississippi River. Over time a Strategic Plan was devised through public input and much improvement has taken place to now offer to the community and surrounding area a true regional park with over 2,000,000 visitors annually.”

“The amenities include a rugby field, a cricket field, a water splash pad, a dog park, a boat ramp, a concert area, a dedicated Veterans Park section, a native prairie area, a 30,000 square feet skate park, two full size basketball courts and related fixtures of bathrooms, refuse collectors, parking areas, and barbeque stands. In late 2012 we tried something different and new, whereby we painted twelve trees with various bright colors to create a further interest in parks and recreation and more visits to the river front. It has done so and much more with residents showing a keener interest in our department. We further added four debarked and dead trees in the prairie area to allow for birds such as eagles and hawks to perch.”

Great stuff. However, two things captured our attention: “rugby field” and “cricket pitch”. In the United States? These aren’t traditional American sports, so we had to ask about them.

Seve, again: “Cricket and rugby are fairly popular here especially among the large expatriate community of Iowa. Some of the locals participate too and the matches do attract a following. As a person of Indian origin, and with my love of cricket, I was able to build a quality cricket field at Centennial Park and move the existing league of over 200 players to our field.”

“There is a sizable South-Asian community in our area and many of us follow international cricket through the ESPN apps and on Sky Sports!”

“The premise on the continued development in Centennial Park is based on attracting a diverse and varied user group and amenities that cater to that diversity.”

Fantastic! Let’s leave you with some more great photos that Seve sent of Centennial Park in Davenport, Iowa.

Centennial Park is right on the riverfront, with the arched Centennial Bridge overlooking it to the east.

Centennial Park is right on the riverfront, with the arched Centennial Bridge overlooking it to the east.

Rugby is big amongst the expat community, but has a good local following.

Rugby is big amongst the expat community, but has a good local following.

A 'soft ball cricket league' is keenly played with more than 200 players playing regularly.

A ‘soft ball cricket league’ is keenly played with more than 200 players playing regularly.

Little known factoid: the first true 'international' cricket match was between...? The United States and Canada! True story. Was played in 1844.

Little known factoid: the first ‘international’ cricket match was between…? The United States and Canada! True story. It was played in 1844.

We appreciate the time and effort taken by Seve to send us greetings during our 125th Anniversary year.

A little closer to home, another Centennial Park joins in the celebrations

Just a day after our email greetings from Iowa, we received a happy birthday from a bit closer to home – Centennial Park, in Cooks Hill, Newcastle.

Nola Brice, from the Centennial Park Local Advisory Committee, gave a little background on their Centennial Park: “Centennial Park is set in the entertainment and residential district of Cooks Hill. In 1984 the Centennial Park Local Advisory Committee was formed in Newcastle to work with the Council of the City of  Newcastle  on a number of projects for the region’s inner city Centennial Park, located in Cooks Hill.  Today, Centennial Park features a number of gifted trees, plantings and park furniture.”

The City of Newcastle supplied some great photos (below) and on their website you can also take a ‘virtual tour‘ of the Park!

Centennial Park is not far from the harbour and coastline in Newcastle.

Centennial Park is not far from the harbour and coastline in Newcastle.

The Rotunda in Centennial Park is a well recognised feature!

The Rotunda in Centennial Park is a well recognised feature!

Kids are catered for!

Kids are catered for!

Centennial Park is a well manicured and maintained park in a suburban setting.

Centennial Park is a well manicured and maintained park in a suburban setting.

Thanks to Centennial Park in Newcastle for your Anniversary greetings!

- posted by Craig Easdown

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While we orientate you around the world via Centennial Park’s, you can orientate yourself around Centennial Park via our new iPhone app! (that was quite a segue stretch, but I think I made it!).

Download it now from the Apple iTunes store, or learn more about it here. It features a customised map using GPS to ensure you’re never lost again!

 

 

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