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Published January 24th 2016
Private Garden Becomes Public Park in 1921
Heywood Park pillars
Heywood Park Pillars

King William Rd [Hyde park] ends at a T-junction with Northgate St - turning left will take you to Unley Rd - turn right and your on the path to Victoria Ave - look directly ahead of you however, and you are looking at 'Heywood Park'.

King William Rd Sign
King William Road ends when you see Heywood Park

The park is named after the Lancashire birthplace of its last private owner, State MP William Haslam. In 1896 Haslam bought 14 acres of land, which included a house near Brownhill Creek stretching up-to Heywood park. In 1909 there was desire amongst locals for Heywood to become a public park, but the land was not for sale.

Shortly after Haslam's death in 1917, eight acres of land became available for sale. Unley councillor William Langham took up the locals cause to make the land public property. In 1920 while Langham was Mayor, he suggested that the council should buy Heywood to use as a park.

After a heated debate, a poll took place as to whether the council should acquire the land, the poll was lost by Langham supporters. Mayor Langham however was not willing to give up the fight and took it upon himself to raise the money by calling for public donations.

Another row broke out as some councillors cried foul, but Mayor Langham had already managed to raise upward of 4,000 pounds - this caused the council to give in and council paid for the land in 1920. Though, the trouble was not yet over - two rival buyers took the matter to court due to the result of the first poll.

The council did eventually take possession of the land a year later and Heywood Park finally had its gala opening. There was a grant event with pony rides and a merry-go-round on December 10, 1921.

Plaque thanking Mayor William Langham, Heywood Park Unley
Thanks to the efforts of Mayor William Langham, Heywood Park is open to the community

Kaurna Pangkarra
Plaque recognising the Kaurna Pangkarra People who are the original land owners of the Adelaide Plains

The above plaques are two of four on this tower set toward the centre of the park
Plaque tower
Tower that presents four plaques

Heywood Park is still very popular with the community, boasting a large open space of healthy green grass, park benches, a BBQ, two playgrounds and two sets of swings, plus it's beautiful tree surrounds.

Heywood Park Unley
Heywood Park

Heywood Park playground
One of Two Playgrounds in Heywood Park

Playground in Heywood Park
One of Two Playgrounds in Heywood Park

Heywood Park
Heywood Park

The parks perimeter is lined with tree clusters while the centre of the park has a wide lush green grassy area (I was unable to photograph the vastness of the grass area, due to a large picnic group that had set up lunch).
Open area
Luscious green grass area

Some of the bench seats have been donated by community members.
Bench at Heywood Park
Donated Bench at Haywood Park

Plaque on a donated bench
Plaque on a donated bench

Donated bench in honour
Plaque on a donated bench

Heywood Park
Heywood Park

Heywood Park
Heywood Park

Heywood Park
Heywood Park

The area is a great spot for picnics. We have often bought lunch or dinner from King William Road vendors and eaten in the park; I really like Burger Republic, or a great vegetarian option Pollen 185.

This path leads towards Heywood Parks car park, the path is lined with bench seats and art works 'Tiles In The Park'
Path to carpark
Path to car park

Tiles in the park plaque
'Tiles in The Park'

Tiles in the park bench
Park bench with Tiles In The Park art work at footing

Tiles in the Park
Tiles In The Park

Tiles in the park
Tiles In The Park

Tiles in the park
Tiles In The Park

You can find street parking on Grove St or there is a small car park on Addiscombe Place.

Heywood park car park on Addiscombe Place
Small car park on Addiscombe Place
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Why? Beautiful Public Park in Suburbia
When: Always open
Where: Hyde Park / Unley Park
Cost: Free
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Ideal park for anyone.Neat and tidy with toilets and shade and play areas.Side streets nearby have beautiful houses and shade and minutes down the road,there is the pub and many eating places and little shops.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1415 days ago
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