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

stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Fri Oct 23 01:29:31 UTC 2020


Not muddy at all, your clarifications are excellent.  Much obliged, mate!
SteveA

On Oct 22, 2020, at 6:25 PM, Greg Lauer <gregory.lauer at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.



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