Esplanade Park, Fremantle
Esplanade Park is a public reserve in Fremantle, Western Australia. Situated on Marine Terrace and opposite the Esplanade Hotel, the reserve features about 100 mature Norfolk Island Pines (araucaria heterophylla) and the Explorers' Monument.
The park has also been called Fremantle Esplanade as well as Fremantle Oval. The latter conflicts with the current name of nearby Fremantle Oval which was previously known as 'Barracks Green Field'. The park known as 'Fremantle Park' is located between Ord and Ellen Streets, Fremantle.
Prior to the founding of the Swan River Colony, the southern Fremantle foreshore approximately followed the line of where Marine Terrace (previously called Fitzgerald Terrace) is today. In 1831, two years after settlement, Henry Reveley built a stone jetty nearby, possibly from Anglesea Point near Bathers Beach. A second jetty (South Jetty) was built in 1854 on the same site. Winter storms continued to cause damage to the foreshore buildings and a sea wall was built by convicts (c.1880) which partly alleviated the problem, but encroachment from the sea and sand drift persisted. In 1873 the kilometre-long Long Jetty was built nearby, extending from Anglesea Point.
In 1902 more land was reclaimed from the sea and the Esplanade was created thanks to funds provided by the state government and the resumption of an area of private land owned by J. Briggs M.L.C. A bandstand was opened in 1906. The first Norfolk Island Pines were planted in 1908.
The popular Fremantle Sardine Festival is staged on the park each January.
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- City of Fremantle Parks and Reserves Archived 5 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "FOUNDATION DAY". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 June 1949. p. 9. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- "Fremantle Esplanade". The Daily News. Perth: National Library of Australia. 4 April 1906. p. 5 Edition: Third edition. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- "IMPROVING FREMANTLE PARK". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 14 December 1933. p. 22. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- "Place Number 20630 THE ESPLANADE RESERVE". Heritage Council of WA. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
- "Fremantle Esplanade". Daily News (Perth, Western Australia). Perth: National Library of Australia. 14 July 1902. p. 3. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
A sum of £4,500 was provided some time ago, for extending the Fremantle Esplanade, and the work is now in hand.
- "Fremantle Esplanade Bandstand Opened". Daily News (Perth, Western Australia). Perth: National Library of Australia. 4 April 1906. p. 5, Third Edition. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
Cr. Llewellyn, in the absence of the Mayor, presided at the function, and he, in a few words, declared the stand open for the use of the public. The Trades' Hall Band was in attendance. After the formal ceremony on the Esplanade an adjournment was made to the Town Hall.
- "Place Number 22578 ARTHUR HEAD AND ESPLANADE (West End Conservation Area)". Heritage Council of WA. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
- Food festivals The Age, July 19, 2006
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