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Centenary Park
Centenary Park
Map of Centenary Park
Hackett Terrace
Charters Towers
Queensland 4820 Australia

Centenary Park
Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area

Free Entry

07 4761 5533
tourinfo@charterstowers.qld.gov.au
www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au

Description

Centenary Park has gold discovery monuments, picnic tables, toilets, gas barbecues, a children's playground, liberty swing and is always cool and shady. Make sure you take a picture of the Bat Statue created and designed as part of the 2013 LATTE exhibition.

Centenary Park also has an interesting history. The area was first gazetted as reserve for public purposes in 1888. In 1941 the last gazette order in council set aside the area as a reserve for park purposes and named it "Sayers Park" after Robert John Sayers.

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From the city's very early days, Centenary Park was called "Harvey's Reserve", no doubt because Joseph Harvey, a local butcher built and lived in "Tower Villa", an old Queenslander style home that still faces out over the north east corner of the Reserve. During 1972 the Park was re-named "Centenary Oval" as part of the city's centenary celebrations. The 1941 naming had mostly been forgotten by this time, although "Harvey's Reserve" is still the name used by older cricketers.

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Property Details

Facilities

  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area

Activities

  • Cycling
    Cycling

Open Times

Note: Open daily at all hours.

Other Information

Children:
Children and school excursions welcome.

General Comments

It is unclear how the Reserve was utilised in the very early years, although anecdotal evidence has social cricket being played there. It is believed that the ground was poisoned during the years of WWII to make a baseball field used by American Air Force personnel.

Competitive cricket in the Towers was played at the Showgrounds until 1946 when play switched to Sayers Park. A small weatherboard clubhouse was erected near the corner of Dalrymple Road and Hackett Terrace. The game was played on two concrete pitches and later on a turf track until the early 1980s.

How To Get There

Pick up a Heritage Walking Map from the visitor information centre located on the T intersection of Mosman and Gill Streets. Ask for directions to Centenary Park, Located at the intersection of Hackett Terrace and Bridge Streets.


Free Entry


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