Playing a central role in the Avondale community and landscape, the Avondale Racecourse continues to host both horse racing and community events.
A single grove of nine mature trees with a mix of native and exotic species- pohutukawa, london plane tree, kauri and puriri and the tall and widely visible George Washingtonia palms around the parade ring area continue to celebrate and form the backdrop for both race days and the weekly Sunday Market and signals the importance of formal gardens in the past of this key destination.
George Washingtonia palms have also been planted in a number of places in the neighbourhood including outside the Avondale library and along Ash Street. Three palms were also planted by members of the New Zealand Filipino community at the nearby Rizal Reserve to resemble their native palm trees called Anahaw and signify the 3 main islands of the Philippines called Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Filipino information and text thanks to Virginia Russell
Racecourse 2019 Image: Photographer Max White
Historic Racecourse Image 1975, Archives New Zealand; Photographer:G. Riethmaier