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Dollar Park (Part 3)

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The Fountain or fishpond looking north-west with the theatre in the background.

Despite the rents from the two lodges and fees from the tennis courts and putting green the park was not self-financing.  The voluntary contributions from those attending the acts at the “bandstand” simply were not keeping pace with costs, particularly in the bad weather.  Performances were cut back and the costs “placed on the rates.”

The park was very popular with the public.  It appears that the old heated swimming pool was unsuitable for their use and moves were made to construct an open-air pool on similar lines to that at Zetland Park.  In 1929 Festus Moffat campaigned in the local elections on the basis that he would get the pool.  In the event it never happened.  There was, however, a fish pond by 1929.  This was simply the bowl for the fountain and also appears in guides as a goldfish pond or lily pond.  The cast iron bird finial with its outspread wings from the Gentleman Fountain, which had been dismantled in 1923, was placed in the centre of this.  Together they were the most photographed feature of the park.  A sand hole also gets a mention at this time.

The swimming pool designed for Dollar Park and advocated by Festus Moffat

Continued - See Dollar Park ( Part 4)


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