[talk-au] How is the word "park" meant in Australian English?

Greg Lauer gregory.lauer at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 01:25:46 UTC 2020

Good question

To be clear I am a Kiwi (New Zealand) who lives in Australia (and has spent
many years in the US) so my interpretation may be slightly muddled....

In general I consider a 'Park' to be a local area, generally managed by the
city or shire (county). Playgrounds, gardens, dog walking etc. Generally it
is for some form of recreation and/or green space in a city or urban area.
For example I would ask the kids to walk the dog in the park.

In terms of county parks, state parks, etc we have slightly
different terminology. Part of this is related to a much smaller layer of
government and ownership (City/Shire, State, Commonwealth).  We don't have
the multitude of Federal agencies (USFS, NPS, BLM etc) or layers of
city, country, state, federal government. In most cases 'National Parks'
are managed by State authorities (equivalent to State Parks in US parlance)
, and several (IIRC) National Parks managed by Commonwealth (Federal)
Authorities (like NPS). States Forests are managed by State
Authorities (although some are privatised).

That said the use of 'park' to describe any public land is well understood
in AU.


On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 9:33 AM stevea <steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:

> Hi, it's stevea from California.  Some of us in the USA are crafting a
> proposal (https://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Park_boundary), may
> be two or three staged proposals, intended to better express the wide
> inclusive semantic "we" (OSM-wide, but including US English-speakers) mean
> for the word "park."  In US English, this is "spoken of" (in vernacular) to
> include county parks, state parks, all kinds of things we call parks.  (And
> OSM seems to have difficulty expressing around the world with consistent
> tagging).  Is this also how the word "park" is used in Australian English
> vernacular?  A likely answer might be "what we mean is not EXACTLY the same
> as how you Yanks might mean it, here are some similarities and differences
> from an Aussie perspective."
> I have taken a brief look at existing rendered data in OSM, though,
> there's nothing like simply asking local people "how do you talk about
> this?"
> Thank you.  This might become a spirited discussion!
> Stevea (in our wiki)
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