Seeing as I was in the vicinity on Saturday, heading for MOTAT, I took a detour in search of a plaque in the park.
The Council put this plaque up, actually next to the main area which had been a motor camp from 1933, an American rest base 1942-44, and an emergency house transit camp from 1944-1961. A pity only the rest base is commemorated -- the Western Springs transit camp was the first of the areas set up from 1944 by the Council to address the chronic need for emergency, intermediate shelter for the city's citizens (the one at Titoki Street at the Domain started later).
Anyway, here's a plaque at least. A bit sad for the wear, corroded in places, and right next to a loo.
There are still patrols here, in a way. These days, a black rooster strolls past, utterly unconcerned by either people of proximity to a children's playground. Nice bird -- I wondered where he came from. An escapee from the zoo?
Motion's Creek Weir, at the edge of Western Springs lake. No fishing.
Peering out from the green ...
... a pair of painted pukekos on the back of another loo.
The men's have cormorants ...
... while the ladies have another pukeko and black swans.
The day's weather wasn't all that clement, the feathered residents going to ground just before the showers broke. I thus headed off, back to my route to MOTAT.