09 January 2017

Harry Giddy Park


Harry Giddy Park is in the centre of town, in Marsh Street, Mossel Bay.  We drive past the park daily.  In April 2016 we decided to take a walk through the Park.



The park was proclaimed on the Queen’s Golden Jubilee on the 21st June 1887 and was named “Victoria Park”.  The historic gates at the southern entrance were erected in 1903 to commemorate the Jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria of Britain.


The name of the park was changed to Harry Giddey Park in 1969 to honour the man who took a great interest in the park from the 1930’s and paid for much of the features, stonework and paths seen today.




We started our walk at the touch farm and aviaries.  There is a play area for kids and lots of birds and animals.  Our son was running around enjoying all the animals.  There is a gazebo and lots of places for picnics.
Our son fell into the water around this fountain
Our outing ended dramatically when our son wanted to take a closer look at the fountain in the picture above and we did not realized it was surrounded by water.  He fell in but luckily I was close and quickly pulled him out.  The only damage was my mobile phone that fell out of my pocket into the water.



The Mossel Bay Bowls Club and Tennis Club are both next to the park.  At the gate near the Tennis Club there is a poem:

"The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the bird for mirth
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth"

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