Greythorn Park

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Greythorn Park
Greythorn Park.JPG
The south-western entrance to the park off Robert Street
Location Melbourne, Australia
Coordinates 37°47′53″S 145°05′39″E / 37.797966°S 145.094138°E / -37.797966; 145.094138Coordinates: 37°47′53″S 145°05′39″E / 37.797966°S 145.094138°E / -37.797966; 145.094138
Area 6.34 ha
Opened 1951
Operated by City of Boroondara
Paths Mix of formal and informal pathways
Terrain Green open space interspersed with vegetation
Water Small unnamed pond
Vegetation Australian Native
Facilities Playground, 2 sports pavilions, tennis courts, scout hall, Barbecues, toilets

Greythorn Park is a park in the suburb of Balwyn North, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located in the eastern part of the suburb known as Greythorn, from which the park gets its name.

History[edit]

The land where Greythorn Park currently is situated was owned by the Maughan family from 1838, when the area was thinly settled and largely bushland. When electric trams first began reaching the area, most notably the tram to Burke Road Kew in 1938 (present day route 48), it encouraged further subdivision of the area. By this time, the area was known as 'Whitethorn', which was later changed to 'Greythorn' to avoid confusion with Whitehorse Road.[1]

In 1938, with the tram now extended to Balwyn Road, the North Balwyn Wildlife Sanctuary was opened on the present-day side of the park. Operated by the Maughan family, the facility contained Australian native animals, and played host to many American serviceman who were stationed in Melbourne during the Second World War in the 1940s. The sanctuary closed in 1954, but not before most of the land was bequeathed to the City of Camberwell for a recreational park in 1951. The remainder of the land was subdivided into 62 blocks, and the legacy of the sanctuary survives through street names such as 'Wildlife Parade'.[2]

The tennis courts at the Greythorn Tennis Club opened in 1968 and the scout hall was constructed in 1976.

Landscape[edit]

The park is located on top of a large hill, with an elevation of 91.2m above sea level.[3] The park consists of two main open spaces. The western oval is used by various sporting clubs over summer and winter, with the eastern oval being allocated for passive recreation. A sports pavilion is situation between the two spaces, with a scout hall and tennis club pavilion also situated nearby. A small artificial creek is located near the centre of the park, next to a children's playground.

Access[edit]

No public transport directly services the site, but the park is a short walk from the 48 tram terminus on Balwyn Road and from buses operating along Greythorn Road to the east.[4] Two carparks are located within the park. One is access via Robert Street and the other off Alpha Street. A number of informal walking tracks also circle the park.

Clubs and groups[edit]

A number of sporting clubs and other community organisations utilise the park:

  • 1st Greythorn Park Scouts[5]
  • Greythorn Park Tennis Club[6]
  • Greythorn Falcons Football Club[7]
  • Koonung Heights Cricket Club[8]
  • North Balwyn Combined Cricket Club[9]

The Friends of Greythorn Park, formerly the Greythorn Park Advisory Committee, are also present at the site, and help to maintain the park with the assistance of local residents.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Balwyn Historical Society Newsletter" (PDF). Balwyn Historical Society. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Memory lanes". Herald Sun. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Land Channel". Department of Environment and Primary Industries. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ "284 - Doncaster Park & Ride - Box Hill via Union Road". Public Transport Victoria. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Greythorn Park 1st". Scouts Australia. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Greythorn Park Tennis Club". Greythorn Park Tennis Club. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Contacts". Greythorn Falcons Football Club. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Koonung Heighs Cricket Club". Koonung Heighs Cricket Club. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Balwyn and North Balwyn". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 15 August 2014.