Noted as "one of the oldest parks in Brisbane", history buffs will enjoy examining the Yeronga Memorial Park which once served as a US Army Base during World War II. The park is situated on 22.46 hectares and is owned by the State Government who transferred trusteeship of the park to the Brisbane City Council in 1930.
Aside from the momentous Ipswich and Park Road Memorial Gates, the most notable and heart-warming feature is Honour Avenue. Honour Avenue is the first one like it to be planted in Australia and there's a non-profit organisation called Treenet who are currently being supported by the BCC to have avenues like this one restored for the centenary of Gallipoli in 2015.
Family members bestowed honour upon the brave soldiers from the district, who had given their lives to fight overseas, by planting a total of 96 trees along the avenue. Each tree has a soldier's name featured in a plaque on the pathway. The Honour Avenue runs the length between the two memorial gates on Ipswich and Park Roads.
Apart from the significant historical value of the park, the grounds feature a mass of public facilities such as sheltered and barbecue area, playground, toilet and water facilities, bikeways and walkways, dog off-leash area, tennis courts and a swimming pool complex.
Occasionally I visit the Yeronga Memorial Park to play tennis on the free BCC rebound wall/half-court. What surprises me is the overwhelming expanse of parkland that is left virtually unused by the citizens of Brisbane (The picture below represents only a small portion of unused grassland).
Plenty of space to Picnic at Yeronga Memorial Park
After giving this matter considerable thought, I can only reason word has failed to spread about this historic place. Unlike some of the busier parklands in Brisbane, there is plenty of space for the kids to play and you'll have no concerns about close proximity to other groups when setting up your picnic or birthday party.