Albert Richardson Reserve
Park and Garden
Albert Richardson Reserve is a landscaped park located on Marong Road. The park features a memorial to mark the 2009 bushfires that devastated Victoria, including parts of Bendigo.
In Greater Bendigo, there were two significant fires on February 7, 2009. One started in Redesdale and another started in Bracewell Street, Maiden Gully. The Redesdale fire affected about 4 Km2 of land. The Bracewell Street fire spread across 330 Ha and threatened much of urban Bendigo. It also caused the death of one resident, the loss of over 60 homes and damage to over 120 properties. More than 600 people were directly affected by the fire.
The memorial provides a dignified, respectful and moving place for the community to gather and contemplate on the impact of the fires. It also provides the opportunity to reflect on the changes and long term recovery that has occurred since that time.
This beautiful small park features seating, open lawns, shelter, BBQs, tables and public toilets. It is a great place for a picnic, a chat or some quiet reflection.