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Culture and heritage

In 1915, the Hawthorn Tramways Trust purchased the then rural land from Mrs Eliza Welch for £9,000 on the condition that it was to be used as a public park. It was not until the late 1920s and early 1930s that extensive planning and development commenced with the construction of the Chalet in 1928, curator's cottage in 1932 and most of the sporting facilities over the next few years.

The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and the Wattle League were influential in the planting of 12,000 wattles, natives and ornamental trees between 1926 and 1928.