47-12 Wooden bridges and water “race”

This bridge and the other similar wooden bridges nearby represent another one of the many achievements of former City Gardener August Pelzer.

The first decade of the 20th century was an economic boom time for South Australia, and the State was relatively wealthy.

Beginning in 1905, the City Council approved a series of recommendations from Mr Pelzer to improve this Park as well as other Parks nearby.

The avenue of pepper trees, and the sporting ovals were just the beginning. In 1906, Mr Pelzer also planted English elm trees along Dequettevilel Terrace (although most of them are gone now).

At about the same time, the Council stopped issuing “agistment licences”. Horses and cattle were still kept for decades more, in other parts of the Park Lands – but not here, not in Park 15, not after 1906. The eastern side of the City, and the eastern Park Lands were given better treatment, earlier, than the western Park Lands.

The first wooden footbridge was constructed in 1906 and the “water race” that you can see here was constructed the following year, 1907 to put the creek beneath the pathway.

FROM HERE, CROSS THE WOODEN BRIDGE AND HEAD NORTHWARDS, ON THE GRASS ALONGSIDE THE CREEK.. STOP JUST BEFORE YOU REACH BARTELS ROAD

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