Welcome sign

Centennial Park

In which Miles explores another small urban park.

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A nice man with a nice dog who I met on JF Kennedy Park’s Beach told me about Centennial Park.   It is very close to JFK.  He said that it is a small park, but connects with the neighboring gold course.  He said that gold course is open to to the public, and not often crowded during the week, and that he goes for long walks there.  That made the idea of exploring Centennial Park more interesting.

A narrow road runs through Centennial Park.  I parked in an empty car park.  I was welcomed by the sign below.

Welcome sign
Welcome sign

I walked a short distance, and passed several branching trails, all sign posted.  The sheer number of trails threatened to lose me, so I retraced my steps to the car park to orient myself, and noticed a kiosk offering maps.  I hadn’t seen that before in any small regional park.  The trails at Centennial Park are marked as well as any park I’ve seen in New Zealand.  See the trail markers in the photo below.

Centennial Park's track markers
Centennial Park’s track markers

There was a generous number of conveniently places benches with a consistent theme – each has a silhouette of an animal cut into the bench.

Animal themed bench
Animal themed bench

The pill box is marked on the map, but was a bit tricky to find.  The golf course is directly on the other side of it.  I wondered how many golfers even know it’s there.

Pill box
Pill box

The golf course did look busy, so I just explored the park.

In the more remote parts of the park some of the sign posts didn’t look so new, and there were enough unmarked trails to offer the potential to get lost.  I avoided it this visit however.

Lower in the valley is quite wet, and there are extensive walkways.

Centennial Park looks like it has a lot of money invested in it.  It is small, but I left enough of it unexplored to justify at least one more visit.  And of course there si the option of walking the golf course as well.

Bush walkway
Bush walkway

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