The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
The Borough Council acts as a Queen's Park Domain Board. The local Museum, a Band Rotunda and Band Room, and a Tennis Court are among the attractions in the Park. Another Borough Reserve is Cook's Gardens, which may be entered from St. Hill, Nixon, and Ridgway Streets, and from Maria Place. A very fine observatory, owned by the local Astronomical Society, occupies an elevated part of these gardens. The Moutoa Gardens, originally intended for a Market Square, are on the River Bank near the Court House. Victoria Park about twenty acres in extent, on St. John's Hill, within the borough, is well planted and sheltered, and mostly used for football and other sports.