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Hookey Park - Mooroolbark

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 12th 2019
Do the Mooroolbark bird walk
In the centre of Mooroolbark, on the corner of Station and Charles Streets, behind the Brice Avenue shops is a large park Hookey Park.

It is a park of many facets, playground, war memorial, rotunda, a leafy walk, bird sculptures, BBQ and spacious lawns. With the many eateries on Brice Avenue, it is only a very short walk to bring your takeaway for a very quiet and relaxing meal.

You could be mistaken that it is a bird park, judging by the numerous two-dimensional sculptures of birds which are scattered around the park. Large ones on the ground and several perched high on metal poles watching over the area.

Bird sculptures atop metal poles.

Bird sculpture
One of the birds keeping an eye on things.

Along the Station Street side of the park, a shady path meanders beneath trees and growing shrubs belying the fact that suburbia is only a few metres away.

Hard to imagine that there is a car park only a few metres away

Next to the extensive playground area is the Mooroolbark library which has a nice outdoor covered reading area.

Part of the playground equipment with the library on the right.

A different angle to the playground.

The war memorial is in a paved area and plaques remember Mooroolbark residents who served in the many conflicts that Australia took part in. Those conflicts are The Boer War, WW1, WW2, Malaya, Korea, Indonesian confrontation, Borneo and Vietnam.

War memorial and rotunda
The war memorial area next to the rotunda.

Next to the war memorial area is a large rotunda. Many parks these days feature a rotunda, which is almost a throwback to earlier days when a local brass band would entertain with their music.

Bird sculpture
One of the bird sculptures.

Bird sculpture
Another big bird.

There are many mature trees scattered throughout the park and on my walk, I noticed a floral tribute on one very large old gum tree.

Flowers on tree.
One of the large gum trees is adorned with a floral tribute.

The park was named in honour of John Hookey who was the headmaster of the Mooroolbark State School from 1937 to 1947. After that, he was very prominent in local community affairs and the advancement of Mooroolbark. There is an illustrated biography of him on one of the information plaques throughout the park.

Information board.
The biography of John Hookey.

Brice Avenue is a busy shopping strip and Hookey Park gives a quiet respite to sit, walk or just look.
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