Centennial Park has a fascinating history with many great reminders of days gone by. However, at times those stories are not obvious…like this one. Have you ever noticed these strange brick structures in the Park?
These structures are located just below the Rangers Residence near the Robertson Road Gates.
Can you guess what they are?
So, what is ‘it’?
Believe it or not, this is an equestrian horse jump!
During the days of the Royal Easter Show at Moore Park, Centennial Park (just across the road) used to host a three-day cross country equestrian event. These brick structures are some of the remaining jumps!
Want to know more?
Here’s a photo from the State Library NSW collection showing one of the wooden equestrian jumps in Centennial Park (from the 1964 event).
The history of Centennial Park is full of great stories. There are two ways you can enjoy more:
- Download our free Centennial Park History Walk app
- Buy Centennial Park – A History, the authoritative book on the park since inception
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