Story: City parks and green spaces

Hagley Park petition (2nd of 2)

The use of green spaces has always been a matter for debate, especially when an activity encroaches on public use. When the Canterbury Provincial Council proposed putting a saleyard on part of Hagley Park in 1868, a group of residents and ratepayers petitioned against the move, and the proposal was rejected. This paragraph sums up their concerns:

‘We conceive that any alienation of the Park reserve from its original purpose would be a public wrong and that the Cattle Market proposed by City Council would be one of the most injurious encroachments that could be made on a place set apart for public recreation.’

Using this item

Christchurch Regional Office, Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: CAAR, 20410, CH287, CP 629e, PPC 7, cover letter

Permission of Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga (Christchurch Regional Office) must be obtained before any re-use of this material.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'City parks and green spaces - Town belts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/20555/hagley-park-petition (accessed 28 February 2020)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 11 Mar 2010