Ken Maunder Park

Ken Maunder Park, previously known as Rewa Park is a reserve and sports ground in the suburb of New Lynn in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the home ground of Lynn-Avon United and the Suburbs Cricket Club.

Ken Maunder Park
TypeUrban park
Location34 Binsted Road, New Lynn, Auckland
Coordinates36°54′02″S 174°40′50″E / 36.90058°S 174.68061°E / -36.90058; 174.68061Coordinates: 36°54′02″S 174°40′50″E / 36.90058°S 174.68061°E / -36.90058; 174.68061
Area5.9 acres (2.4 ha)
Created1947
Operated byAuckland Council
WebsiteAuckland Council

HistoryEdit

In 1852, a farmer Henry Hayr had a cattle run on the land before, in 1854, he brought the original 84 acres from the Crown.[1]

The area became known as “Hayr’s Grant” then went through a number of ownership changes and was sub divided a number of times, until in 1887 two brothers Henry and James Binsted who were also butchers, purchased nearly 19 acres of the former ground and set up their own slaughterhouse. The brothers also ran a farm on the land, breeding and selling pedigree Berkshire and Yorkshire pigs.[1]

A fire in 1916 did damage to the slaughterhouse, and after James Binsted died in 1920, the sheds at New Lynn were dismantled in 1921. From then on, despite plans to subdivide the land, it was used as a tip. Staying in the families hands until 1951 when last surviving trustee Harold Bollard transferred the title to the local council in 1955.[1]

The council decided to call the new reserve “Rewa Park”. By 1956 football fields had been marked out. The New Lynn Cricket Club established clubrooms there in 1961 and in 1963, a bridge was built, linking the park with Queen Mary Avenue.[1][2]

In 1970, it was decided to rename the Park and the name Ken Maunder Park was chosen. Ken Maunder was a member of the New Lynn Borough Council and included time as deputy mayor of the borough. He was widely active in the local sporting community, including as president of the New Lynn Bowling Club.[1][2]

Ground layoutEdit

In winter all the playing and training fields are grass and the facility is floodlit for night games. There is an indoor training facility as well as Lynn-Avon United clubrooms. During summer, the park, clubrooms and training facility are run by Suburbs Cricket club.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "What's in a name? The colourful history of Ken Maunder Park". Beacon Community News. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Timespanner: Ken Maunder Park, by Phil Hanson". Timespanner. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Lynn-Avon United AFC - Ken Maunder Park". Lynn-Avon United. Retrieved 26 April 2021.

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