Story: City parks and green spaces

Auckland Domain, around 1890

Auckland Domain, around 1890

From the 19th century green spaces like the Auckland Domain were often described as the ‘lungs’ of the city – a healthy, open environment where city dwellers could breathe fresh air, ramble about, and play sports and games. James Eastwood’s watercolour shows people walking in the forest and running on the grass, and archery targets in the foreground.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-050-004
Watercolour by James Eastwood

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Kerryn Pollock, 'City parks and green spaces - Early green spaces in major cities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 11 Mar 2010