Donald Park is one of those easily overlooked and under-signposted parks, that’s a great place for rest, recreation and play. It’s a strip park that connects Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue close to the Seventh Avenue Bridge and just up from Railway Parade.
We’d like to know a lot more about Donald Park. We’ve been told that:
- the Seventh Avenue Bridge was built across the railway line so that people could get to the new Catholic church on time instead of driving their horse-driven vehicles down to the Caledonian Avenue level crossing. Donald Park was left as a pedestrian thoroughfare through to Sixth Avenue as a shortcut for those coming from further North and West,
- In the 30/40s, what is now Donald Park was an unkempt sandy track, Donald Park was used as a short cut by the students of Maylands Primary School marching over to Shearn Park on regular Sports days from the early 1930s, and
- there might be connections between Donald Way and Donald Square in Bayswater and Donald Park in Maylands (could they all relate to the same Donald?).
For more information
See our Flickr Album on Donald Park.