Sledging at night
I grew up at 187 Preston Drove and our house overlooked the park. I lived there from when I was born in 1961, till 1985. From the first floor, we had a view down the length of the park and down across Brighton right to the pier. I remember sledging at night in the park, by the light of surrounding roads street lights. That is until they put the railings in, halfway down.
A favourite childhood place
I seemed to have spent my entire childhood playing in that park especially football, and cricket; there was always sports equipment in our hallway. My parents Jim and Barbara Fenton bought the house in 1949 when they were first married. My Dad died in 1990 and my Mum lived there until she died in 2000. I remember a park centenary celebration in 1993 or 1994 with the Mayor, my Mum was the second longest resident from surrounding roads.
Winter or summer – a great place to be
My Dad told me once that he remembered the children’s playground at the bottom of the park being lawn tennis courts. Then they built the concrete courts and put in the playground I guess. It did not matter what season it was, winter or summer, there was so much to do there. I have great memories of much fun in Blakers Park.