Audrey Gale was a New Plymouth District Councillor for 21 years, serving as the parks and recreation committee chairperson from 1965 to 1977. Mrs Gale died in 1992.
The river provides safe swimming, rock jumping and paddling, while the two barbecue areas, with purpose-built fireplaces and summer houses, are ideal for picnickers. Dog exercising and horse riding are encouraged on the right hand side of the reserve.
The park has plenty of natural shaded areas featuring native bush growing alongside introduced planting. This flora is a perfect home for birds all year round.
Some evidence of the old water works can be found tucked away in the far-east corner of the park. When first commissioned in 1883, the works pumped enough from the Waiwhakaiho River to service the residents of the fast growing town of New Plymouth.
Look out for the commemorative bronze plaque, on the left at the park entrance, which outlines Mrs Gale’s outstanding career.