"I bid you welcome to Cornwall Park. May it's green fields and pure air be to you a never-failing enjoyment... a recreation ground secured to you, your children and your children's children for all time."
"Giving the park to the public, I have lived to receive the crowning happiness of my life"
Sir John Logan Campbell realised his long-cherished vision of giving the Park as a gift to the public of New Zealand in 1901, on the occasion of the Royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. Campbell attached to the deed of gift of the Park to the trustees a signed memorandum which explained his feelings and intentions. It stated "As an abiding memorial of the deep gratitude and warm affection I bear to this, the country of my adoption, I have therefore desired to present 'Cornwall Park' to be a place of public resort for the recreation and enjoyment of the people of New Zealand."
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The Statue of Sir John Logan Campbell was unveiled on Empire Day, 24th May 1906, and depicts Campbell in his mayoral Robes, holding the deed of gift of Cornwall Park.
In 1927 Puriri Drive was the first road to be planted in accordance with Austin Strong's original design for the Park; inter-connecting roads forming one continuous grand avenue.
The Old Avenue (or The Old Drive) was designed in 1876 by Sir John Logan Campbell. It was intended to be his carriageway from Greenlane Road to the Plateau area, where Huia Lodge and the Cornwall Park Restaurant now stand.
The Memorial Steps, leading down from the Plateau area, were constructed in 1956 in memory of Sir John Logan Campbell.
The Kiosk started in 1908 as a single pavilion, and has been extended over the years to resemble the current structure now known as the Cornwall Park Restaurant.
Cornwall Park was officially opened from the front steps of Huia Lodge on 26th August 1903. Now the Cornwall Park Information Centre, Huia Lodge was initially home to successive park caretakers.
Acacia Cottage was Sir John Logan Campbell's first house in Auckland, which he built together with his business partner William Brown in 1841.
The Olive Grove contains olive trees remaining from Sir John Logan Campbell's early attempt to establish a commercial olive oil industry.
On 25 June 2012, Sir John Logan Campbell was laid to rest at the summit of Maungakiekie. Over a thousand mourners took part in the funeral procession for the "Father of Auckland."
The Obelisk on the summit of Maungakiekie was completed by 1940. It was built as a permanent record of Sir John Logan Campbell's admiration for the Maori people.
Twin Oak Drive was originally planted in 1934 with trees grown from acorns in Cornwall Park. Under-planted with bluebells and daffodils, it is a favourite place for a stroll in spring.
The Rongo Stone is a Maori artefact of great historical interest. It is an ancient representation of Rongo, the Maori god of kumara and other cultivated food.
The United States 39th General Army Hospital was built in 1942. When World War Two ended, the hospital buildings remained in use as the National Women's Hospital and later as the Cornwall Geriatric Hospital.