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'.
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.
Thanks to the efforts of Mayor William Langham, Heywood Park is open to the community
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.
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).
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.