A FREE, interactive Hay Bale Maze for kids has landed in Centennial Park to kick-start the school holidays – and you’re invited!
Come along from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 April 2017 to navigate your way through the mountain of straw and complete a clever guide book full of fun horse-themed puzzles.
With ‘respect horse tracks and entrance ways’ as a key theme for this year’s Share the Park campaign, the maze is also a great way to learn a little bit about the Parklands’ equine friends!
Horses have a long history within the Parklands and you can still see glimpses of that history today with a quick stroll around Centennial Park or the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre.
Here are a few quick facts you might be surprised to learn about horses in the Parklands:
1. Some of the most historic features of the Equestrian Centre date back to the early 1900’s when the Royal Agricultural Society held their annual Royal Easter Show in Moore Park and horses were a key feature.
2. During the days of the Easter Show at Moore Park, Centennial Park used to host a three-day cross country equestrian event. Check out these brick structures – they are some of the remaining jumps!
3. In 1965 Centennial Park received a major upgrade to its horse track. The tree-lined track is still maintained to this day, and the full loop measures a distance of 3.6 kilometres.
4. The Clydesdale Pavilion in the Equestrian Centre was built in 1988 to house the Carlton and United Breweries iconic team of 10 Clydesdale horses.
5. There are five professionally managed riding schools based at Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre – each school offers private and group riding lessons which cater to all skill levels. What better way to try riding for the first time or just get back in the saddle?
There are also some simple ways you can show respect to horse riders and horse friends next time you visit the park. Here are a few:
- Give way to horses when crossing the track;
- Keep dogs off the horse track;
- When in a motor vehicle, give way to horses at road crossings;
- Horse riders, abide by the code of conduct.
Keep an eye out for other fun horse-themed activations in the Park like giant horse shoes with some of these important messages on them.
There’s a social media competition too, with a chance to WIN a night of luxury at the Centennial Park Residences. You can visit the Parklands website to find out more here.
Plenty of great ways to get involved this weekend! We hope to see you there.