Story: City parks and green spaces

Victoria Square, Christchurch

Victoria Square, Christchurch

Victoria Square (centre right), one of a number of squares in central Christchurch, was first known as Market Square. It was the trading heart of the city in the mid-19th century and housed regular market days and fairs. The square was redeveloped as a park in 1896 and 1897, and was later renamed to commemorate Queen Victoria. It is actually made up of triangles intersected by major roads.

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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 21 June 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 11 Mar 2010